special education http://www.kplu.org en Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students http://www.kplu.org/post/report-faults-seattle-schools-lack-urgency-serving-most-vulnerable-students <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159877613&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Seattle Public Schools' efforts to educate students with disabilities of all sorts are "in need of urgent, substantial and significant improvement," <a href="http://www.seattleschools.org/modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1583136/File/Departmental%20Content/special%20education/014%2007%2021%20Combined%20_Report%20Version%208-final%20(2).pdf?sessionid=d39033e0e34bdf494f61adc8f638dba8" target="_blank">according to a scathing report released Tuesday</a>, faulting district staff from the administrative offices all the way down to individual schools.</p><p>The report itself was commissioned by the district office's special education team as part of an effort to correct, as the authors call it, "an obvious and chronic lack... of urgency" around special education — and to bring Seattle Public Schools back in the good graces of both state officials and of federal law.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:30:07 +0000 Kyle Stokes 17838 at http://www.kplu.org Report Faults Seattle Schools For 'Lack Of Urgency' In Serving Most Vulnerable Students Coaches help students with attention deficits stay engaged http://www.kplu.org/post/coaches-help-students-attention-deficits-stay-engaged <p>As spring fever sets in, teachers are struggling to keep their students focused on the classroom. That can be a challenge even on the best of days for kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Their brains work differently from the students most schools were designed for, and <a href="http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/23786">nearly a third end up dropping out or delaying graduation. </a></p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 8378 at http://www.kplu.org Coaches help students with attention deficits stay engaged iPads are key to teaching some students, educators say http://www.kplu.org/post/ipads-are-key-teaching-some-students-educators-say <p>iPads are probably on a lot of people&rsquo;s wish lists this holiday season, including teachers. Educators say the tablet devices allow them to reach students with learning difficulties in ways they&rsquo;ve never been able to before.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 21:31:55 +0000 Charla Bear 3424 at http://www.kplu.org iPads are key to teaching some students, educators say Supreme Court says state not shortchanging special education http://www.kplu.org/post/supreme-court-says-state-not-shortchanging-special-education <p>The <a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/SupremeCourt/">Washington Supreme Court</a> has dealt a blow to a dozen school districts across the state that sought more money for special education.&nbsp; Today, <a href="http://www.courts.wa.gov/opinions/index.cfm?fa=opinions.showOpinion&amp;filename=829616MAJ">the court said</a> the districts did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the state underfunds the programs, a violation of <a href="http://www.leg.wa.gov/lawsandagencyrules/pages/constitution.aspx">its constitution</a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 22:28:28 +0000 KPLU News Staff & The Associated Press 329 at http://www.kplu.org