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Emotional Ties to School Vital to Success
William Raspberry, Seattle Times, September 14, 2004
There's a growing body of
evidence that building emotional connections between young people and their
schools improves their commitment to education and increases their ability to
resist risky behavior. Research shows that 40 percent to 60 percent of all
students -- urban, suburban and rural - are "chronically disengaged" from
school. And these numbers don't include kids who actually drop out of school.
"Essentially, we're telling kids they're on their own, and while many of them
succeed, many don't. This is not acceptable."
Truancy Initiative Cites 756 Families
Denise Barnes, Washington Times, September 24, 2004
D.C. public school officials
yesterday said their new efforts against truancy — including "aggressive
interventions" — have already resulted in 756 families being notified about
problems with their children's attendance.
Kids at Steep Risk From Bad Air
Kerry Cavanaugh, L.A. Daily News, September 21, 2004
Los Angeles children playing
outside were at high risk of breathing unhealthy air one out of five
days over the last three summers.
A Curriculum for Creating Safe and Supportive
Classroom Environments - Tested in 14 Vermont Schools Kindergarten through
Eighth Grade. "We believe that all students need to be supported to feel good
about themselves, to feel good about school, and to feel that they belong. For
belonging to occur, students and their teachers must be supported, and
opportunities created for students to meaningfully participate and make
friendships. For every student to belong, teachers must strive to find a way to
help all students to have power and worth as individuals and as group members."
Mandatory Mental Health
Screening Threatens Privacy, Parental Rights
Wendy McElroy, September 17, 2004, FoxNews.com
On Sept. 9, the 'Ron Paul
Amendment' was defeated in the House of Representatives by a vote of 95-315. The
Amendment would have prevented the funds sought by an appropriations bill (HR
5006) from being used for the mandatory mental-health screening of Americans,
including public schoolchildren.
Tacoma Elementaries Enforce Ban on Recess
Gregory Roberts, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 18, 2004
The recess bell will ring no more in Tacoma public schools. It's been stilled by
the pressures of the world marketplace.
The Campaign to
Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (888) PREVENT (773-8368).
No Black-White Test-Score Gap at Age 4, But It Appears After Children
Hoover Institution Newsletter, September 24, 2004
African American children and white children
from similar family backgrounds who entered kindergarten in 1998 began
school with approximately the same test scores. This striking finding
is drawn from the national Early Childhood Longitudinal Study. But by
the end of first grade African American children have lost ground to
comparable white children. The authors find no evidence that slippage
occurs over the summertime, an oft-offered explanation for the
test-score gap. Nor are differences in family background the likely
cause. Instead, it appears that the cause is within the schoolhouse.
Chemicals banned in European Toys
Lansing State Journal, September 20, 2004
Union governments permanently banned chemicals used to soften plastic from
being used in toys, saying they are harmful to young children who put toys
in their mouths. The measure outlaws the chemicals, known as phthalates.
B4K Editor's note: The following article does a good job of describing phthalates,
the controversy over them, and the scientific evidence available at the time
(3-4 years ago) the article was written, with the author ultimately
concluding that the evidence then available did not support a ban.
'Lost Boys' Celebrate Success
Elaine Jarvik, Deseret Morning News, September 18, 2004
Their stories are still hard to fathom:
the trek across hostile terrain, the young boys who died en route, the refugee
years spent without parents. But many of the "Lost Boys" of Sudan who have
resettled in the Salt Lake area are finding their way now — and are attending
college in record numbers. "It's amazing to me, given the life they've had and
the childhood they had, how strong they are," says Kristy Swapp, Gai's
girlfriend. "I know no way to explain it based on American culture." She credits
their religious faith — "They'll say, 'I may have been lost from my family, but
not lost from God' " — and their sense of being part of an extended network of
cousins and ancestors. "By the time they're 3, they've heard their family
history back 10 generations."
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Education Community Invited to Comment on Proposed District Report Cards
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Academic Officer, Michigan Department of Education,
September 17, 2004
NCLB requires the state to issue an adequate yearly progress (AYP) report
card for a school district as well as individual schools within the district. We
did not do so in 2003 because of incomplete data. We are prepared to do so now,
but need to define on what basis we will compute a district’s AYP.
No Child Left Behind Newsletter:
September 15, 2004 Edition (PDF)
U.S. Department of Education, September 15, 2004
Topics Include: Letter to
Superintendents Offers Guidance, Funding for the Arts; Filling the Summer
Gap; Close-Up: No Child Left Behind—Improving Literacy Through School
Libraries; Tips for Parents; and New Resources! Just Added to FREE Web Site.
No Class: Why
Are "Public" Schools Closed to the Public?
Robert Maranto, Wall Street Journal, September 16, 2004
time. Unfortunately, despite school report cards and mandates like No Child Left
Behind, many public schools still treat parents like mushrooms: feed them guano
and keep them in the dark. This occurred to me when, like any good parent, I
called the principal's office at my local public elementary school to check it
out before sending my son.
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Early On/Early Intervention
Governor of New Mexico Wants to Invest in Preschool Programs
Susie Gran, Albuquerque Tribune, September 27, 2004
kindergarten a reality for all New Mexico kids, Gov. Bill Richardson says it's
time to move on to preschool. Richardson announced has a plan to pump $7 million
to $9 million into new programs for 4-year-olds.
Ohio Could Save $782 Million in Taxpayer Money by Investing in Children
Clive R. Belfield, Teachers College, Columbia University
Renewing our Schools, Securing our Future: A National Task Force on Public
Education recently released a report on the importance of early education titled
Investing in Early Childhood Education in Ohio: An Economic Appraisal.
Robert C. Johnston, Education Week, September 22, 2004
Tom Watkins, Michigan’s State Superintendent of Schools, likes to ask students
about what they think makes a teacher great, and then to jot down the answers
for use in his speeches. Since taking over as Michigan’s top school official in
2001, Mr. Watkins has filled a drawer with the quotes. At the urging of friends
and colleagues, he recently compiled some of the comments into a small paperback
book titled They Help Us Paint Rainbows.
State Could Lose Millions in Cash For Kids
Jack Kresnak, Detroit Free Press, September 27, 2004
Michigan could lose millions
of dollars in federal aid for children who are abused, neglected or delinquent
because Family Court judges and referees may be improperly filling out legal
Study: School Pensions
Absorb Expected Funding Increases
Gongwer News Service, September 27, 2004
Expected increases in health care
funding for school retirees combined with still low earnings on retirement
investments mean retirement account contributions could eat up as much as half
of any future increases in school aid, according to a report from the Citizens
Metro Schools Ask Kids to Leave Peanuts at Home
Francis X. Donnelly, The Detroit News, September 24, 2004
First it was
drugs. Then guns. Now some schools in southeast Michigan are trying to
prevent another possibly lethal scourge from reaching their
classrooms: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Williamston, Fowlerville Schools Giving Kids Healthy Snack Options
Lansing State Journal, September 29, 2004
Justin Dartt, 16, a junior at Fowlerville High School, is not
happy about the new healthy snack machines at his school. Fowlerville
and Williamston high schools are piloting a state program this year
aimed at getting students to eat and drink healthier.
Everett's Principal is Named Best in the State
Susan Vela, Lansing State Journal, September 28, 2004
who has led Lansing's diverse Everett High School since 1995, is
Michigan's new High School Principal of the Year. Affectionately known
as "Rainbow Man" because of his inclusive nature, Glynn said the
students "become my sons and my daughters."
Michigan Youth Leadership Forum: Application & Information
Youth with disabilities are invited to participate in the June 12-16,
2005 Leadership Forum. Application deadline is November 30, 2004.
FIA Adds More Counties to Multi-county Service
Gongwer News Service, September 27, 2004
Beginning Friday another 12 counties will be added to the number of those with
so-called "transparent county lines" that should expand the options Family
Independence Agency recipients have for receiving services. The counties added
to the list - Arenac-Bay, Clare-Isabella, Gladwin, Lake-Newaygo, Mason-Oceana,
Midland and Osceola-Mecosta counties - will bring to 48 counties the number that
give FIA recipients greater flexibility in choosing an office for services.
Under the program, an FIA recipient can choose to work through an office that is
more convenient than the office located in the recipient's home county.
Lead Poisoning: Get the Lead Out! News
Get the Lead Out!, September 24, 2004, Issue #1
In this Newsletter: State of Michigan Budget Update - $1 Million in New
Funds, State Legislation Update, Candidate Forum - State Offices, HUD Grant
Staff Changes, Touchpoint Service Provider Training, Institutes for Healing
Racism, and HUD Grant One-Year Party October 16.
Bill Tracks Errant Students
Edward L. Cardenas, The Detroit News, September 29, 2004
Two Macomb County state representatives
plan to introduce legislation that would require disciplinary records to follow
students from school to school.
Michigan Department of Human Services Issues Draft Child Care Center Rules
Michigan FIA, September 23, 2004
Opportunity for public input on Friday, October 15th, 2004 from 1:00
to 4:00 p.m. at the State of Michigan Library 717 W. Allegan Street, Lansing,
1st floor auditorium.
FOCUS on Results Now Available
FOCUS on Results are guidance and
technical assistance documents published four times a year by the Michigan
Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Early Intervention
Services (OSE/EIS). The September 2004 packet includes What Is the Process in
Michigan for Resolving Disputes Regarding Suspensions and Expulsions? What
Factors Must Schools Consider When Suspending or Expelling Students? Meeting the
Challenge of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP); Using Assessment Data Changes the
Way Some Schools Do Business; and No Child Left Behind-No, Really!
Introduction to The Children with
Special Needs Fund
Michigan Department of Community Health
The Fund provides services and equipment to children
with special health care needs that no other resource – including state or
federal programs – provides. The Fund was created in 1944 with a large bequest
of Dow Chemical stock by Dr. and Mrs. James Pardee. Dr. Pardee was a co-founder
of the Dow Chemical Company. It has been supplemented by donations made by many
other individuals over the past 58 years. This generosity has enabled the Fund
to help thousands of families. The Fund is administered through the Michigan
Department of Community Health.
$46 Million in Grants Will Help Engage Detroit Kids After School
Chastity Pratt, Detroit Free Press, September 17, 2004
least twice a week, 15-year-old Lionel Andrews of Detroit kicks and punches
other children. He said if he couldn't do that, he would probably be sitting at
home or hanging out in the streets. "It gives me something to do," he said,
describing the karate lessons he has taken after school since last year.
CHILDREN IN CRISIS:
Laura Potts, Detroit Free Press, September 2004
In this three-part series, the
Detroit Free Press examines how children with bipolar disorder, anxiety,
schizophrenia, depression and other mental illnesses succeed or fail in getting
mental health services. Through the eyes of children who are in treatment,
locked up, or on the brink, we explore what it takes to get services, what's
available and the impact on families when a child needs mental health care.
CHILDREN IN CRISIS:
Family of Boy Overcoming Abuse Makes Tough Choice to Get Him Help He Needs
Laura Potts, Detroit Free Press, September 14, 2004
Not when he is reminded of the fire that killed his three adopted
siblings and nearly took his own life. Not when he thinks of the years of
horrific neglect, physical and sexual abuse and constant shuffling from
place to place. Not even when he's plucked out of his home and locked up in
a juvenile detention center.
Integrated at Last:
The Right to Belong, The Story of Yvonne
People Magazine, September 27, 2004
Armed with a new study, some parents say vaccines trigger autism. But is
skipping shots the answer?
Shows Robust Benefits For Schizophrenics
Psychiatry News Online, September 10, 2004
Targeted therapy can help ease
some of the most chronically disabling aspects of schizophrenia, new research
This site addresses the specifics of caring for a child
with cerebral palsy: bathing, dental care, dressing, exercise, feeding, hearing,
nutrition, play, seizures, sleep, suctioning techniques, suppositories & enemas,
toilet training & bowel issues, and vision care. Information comes to you in the
form of excerpts from texts we've found useful, and links to sites that offer
Special-ed Pupils Learn Via High-tech Inspiration
Monica Mendoza, The Arizona Republic, September 22, 2004
disabled children at Desert Mirage Elementary School in Glendale, Arizona are
using technology this school year and making great educational gains beyond what
teachers and parents predicted, even hoped.
Special Ed Advocate:
September 16, 2004 Edition
Topics include: Getting
help for a child with reading problems; what does law say
about passing grades; can parent get child's IEP changed: do
teachers have to provide accommodations in child's IEP; prepub
offer Stephen Jeffers v. School Board ends 9/28; finding help
in the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities; new issue of
The Beacon on high-stakes testing; Wrightslaw programs in CT,
Dumont Willis' New Hampshire Special Education Dictionary
been given nicknames by audiences at their workshops. At a workshop on test
reviews, they were dubbed Cisco and Eggbert; at a workshop on learning
disabilities they were named (by a dyscalculic member) The Three Stooges; and at
a workshop on the identification of Serious Emotional Disturbance they were
named Dumb and Dumber! Now you, too, can benefit from their unique insight into
New Hampshire's special ed process - which sounds suspiciously familiar to that
found in other states!
Exclusive: Ask the Attorney
with John Brower
It's back to school season again! Preparing
for your first IEP of the season? Refresh your legal know-how by
visiting John's Q & A on Special ed law. Visit our site to find
the answers to dozens of special ed-related questions!
Upcoming National Events
These are NEW calendar listings that have been added this week. To
view a complete calendar of National events, visit
Jane Pauley Television show "Asperger
Syndrome: A World Apart"
Friday, October 1, 2004
DESCRIPTION: What is it like for parents who can't connect with their child? The Jane Pauley
Show will go inside the minds of children with Asperger Syndrome - a
neurobiological disorder affecting as many as 1 in 300 children - in hopes of
helping parents recognize the symptoms, and find solutions that can help their
children lead full, productive lives.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Check your local listings for broadcast times and stations at
http://www.janepauley.com/watch/index.html or visit
(Click on "Show Info" or "This Week" for details.)
CHADD's 16th Annual
October 29-30, 2004
Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Nashville Convention Center,
DESCRIPTION: With more than 70 sessions being offered over three days, you
will have the opportunity to listen to and speak with the country's leading
specialists covering the newest treatments for AD/HD and recent findings in the
fields of medicine, psychiatry, psychology and education.
Click here to download the
scholarship application and information packet (PDF).
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
for more details or to register.
Accredited Online Seminar and Teleconference: "Contemporary Issues in ADD/ADHD"
November 4, 2004 from 7 - 9 PM (ET) (6 PM CT, 5 PM MT and 4 PM
Presenters are Pasquale Accardo, MD, Professor of Physical
Medicine & Rehabilitation, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of
Virginia, Richmond, Virginia and Jonathan Mink, MD, PhD., Associate Professor of
Neurology, Neurobiology & Anatomy, and Pediatrics, Chief of Child Neurology,
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Moderator will be Alan
Percy, MD, Director, Clinical Neuroscience, Civitan International Research
Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. This seminar is
for: Child Neurologists, Primary Care Physicians, Pediatricians, Nurses, School
Nurses, Elementary and Secondary School Teachers, Special Ed Teachers *CME/CEU
offered only for healthcare professionals. The objective for this On-line
Seminar & Teleconference is to present what the correct body of scientific
literature tells us is happening in the brain of a child or adult with ADD/ADHD.
There are chemical imbalances, and there are a wide array of pharmacological and
behavioral interventions used in the treatment of ADD/ADHD, once a differential
diagnosis is made. All of these issues and more will be addressed in this
Web-based interactive symposium.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit
http://www.eparent.com/web_seminar_add_adhd/ for more details or to
International Conference on Positive Behavior Support "The Expanding World of
PBS: Science, Values, & Vision"
WHEN: March 10-12, 2005
WHERE: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, Tampa, FL
DESCRIPTION: Positive Behavior Support involves the assessment and
engineering of environments so that people with problem behaviors can increase
social, personal and professional quality in their lives.Special features will include half-day and full-day Skill-Building Workshops and
evening Topical Interest Groups.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit our conference website at
www.apbs.org for registration information or call the conference support
office at (570) 398-4081.
Upcoming Michigan Events
These are NEW calendar listings that have been added this week. To
view a complete calendar of Michigan events, visit
Meeting Notice: Michigan Child Care
Task Force (mcctf)
October 6, 2004
Grand Tower FIA building, 235 S. Grand Ave., Lansing, MI 48909 (Meeting will
take place in the Dempsey Room, 1st floor. There is parking available at the
South Grand Parking structure just north of the FIA building. You may be asked
to produce I.D.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Lisa
Brewer at 866-648-3224, ext.27 or Richard Lower at 517-374-MHSA for more
The Wonder of Boys and Girls:
Understanding the Hidden Nature of Our Sons and Daughters
October 6, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Cranbrook Art Museum on the grounds of Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills
DESCRIPTION: Therapist Michael Gurian, author of “The Wonder of Boys” and “The Wonder of
Girls” will give two presentations, courtesy of the Birmingham Bloomfield
Families in Action, on “The Wonder of Boys and Girls: Understanding the Hidden
nature of Our Sons and Daughters” and “What Could He Be Thinking: Understanding
the Nature of Our Boys.” The first, on The Wonder of Boys and Girls” will be
held at Cranbrook Art Museum on the grounds of Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield
Hills; and the second, “What Could He Be Thinking” will be at the Seligman
Performing Arts Center on the Detroit Country Day School campus in Beverly
Hills. Gurian will discuss his research in neurobiology and how the brain works
in both genders to help parents and professionals understand how boys and girls
learn differently and how to better bond with each gender. Prevention of
substance abuse will grow from understanding how to communicate with the
genders. “For example,” he says, “for boys, don’t sit them down and verbalize
and lecture them for 10 to 20 minutes. The male brain doesn’t take in as many
words as the female brain. Girls have twice the verbal centers as boys do. So
boys don’t process as much being lectured to.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information call 248.645.3000. For directions visit
Macomb St. Clair ASA Safety Day
The Macomb/St. Clair County Chapter of the Autism Society of America
October 9, 2004 from 1-4 p.m.
Bozymowski Center, 11870 El Dorado, Sterling Heights, MI
See Vendors for: Identity Cards, Locator Watches, Door Alarms, Pool Alarms,
Fence Alarms, Other Devices. See Representatives from: Children's Hospital,
Police Department, Fire Departments & Others. All attending will get even
discounts when purchasing at the event. Existing members will have the first $50
paid from the Autism Society chapter to the vendor toward your purchase at the
event. New members that day get first $25 paid. Identa-A-Kid Services of America
- The child Identification Program. State Farm is bring Seat belt safety
(preschool - 1st grade), Taylor Door will have deep discounts available. Bicycle
Helmets from Children's Hospital for $4.00 and they will fit them on the
children while supplies last. Stan Safety, the Magical Fireman, Door Prizes and
Music. Free Window Decals and Finger Printing. Cider and Doughnuts.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For further information please call Angel Vice at (586) 757-7550.
Association for Children's Mental
Health 15th Annual Conference "Pathways to Possibilities: Hope and Help for
Children and Families"
October 28-29, 2004
Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
DESCRIPTION: Topics include: "Parity and Access"; "Healthy Child: The Effects of the
Environment on Our Children's Development"; "Voice and Choice: The Family's Role
in Evidence Based Practice"; "How To Talk To Legislators"; "Finding Information
and Resources to Help Your Child"; "Bullied Youth: Helping Them Achieve
Success"; "The Healing Parent"; "Honoring and Engaging the Highly Sensitive
Child with the Arts as Process"; "Communication: Strategies That Work"; "The
Explosive Child"; "Michigan Mental Health Commission Findings and
Recommendations." Parent Scholarships Available!
COST: 2 Days member $135 (after Oct. 11 = 160; non-member $170 (after Oct. 11 = $190)
1 Day member $85 (after Oct. 11 = $100); non-member $120 (after Oct. 11 = $140).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: To register or for a conference brochure call 1-888-ACMH-KID (1-888-225-4543).
Michigan Council of School Attorneys
2004 Fall Conference
November 4, 2004 from 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
DeVos Place Convention Center, Grand Rapids
DESCRIPTION: Keeping up with
school law issues can be challenging even for the most experienced school
attorney or school official. To stay current, you need access to concise, clear
information. The Michigan Council of School Attorneys Fall Conference has
consistently offered pertinent and timely topics for school officials and
attorneys who are involved in the legal aspects of education, and this year is
no exception. Whether you are an attorney, board member or school administrator,
this half-day conference is designed for those interested in the cutting edge
legal issues that confront school districts. Each presentation will be conducted
by a school law expert who will address all of your concerns and questions. All
registrants will receive a detailed outline of each presentation assembled in a
convenient three-ring binder.
$50 MASB & MCSA Members/ $65 Non-Members
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Register online at
www.masb.org or download
registration form at
http://www.masb.org/pdf/fallconference04.pdf and mail registration form with
payment to MASB Business Office, 1001 Centennial Way, Ste 400, Lansing, MI 48917
Michigan Fathers Conference
SPONSORS: Dads Empowered in cooperation with The Birmingham Public Schools and
Birmingham Youth Assistance
November 6, 2004 from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Birmingham Covington School, 1525 Covington Rd. (corner of Quarton and
Covington), Bloomfield Hills
DESCRIPTION: Featuring Morning Kick-off speakers: Mike Stone, WDFN and Chris Edwards, FOX 2
News. Morning Keynote: Paul W. Smith, WJR Radio, on The Importance of Fathers.
Lunch Keynote: Steve Garagiola, Channel 4, "Balancing Work and Family".
Childcare available - must sign up in advance.
COST: Breakfast and Lunch included with full day registration of $22 ($30 after
Nov.4). Half-day registration available: includes breakfast (8AM - 12:30PM: $16
($22 after Nov. 4).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: For more details visit
or call 248-203-3800 to register. Registration forms available online at
Annual Michigan Collaborative
Early Childhood Conference
WHEN: Preconference: Wednesday, January
26, 2005; Conference: Thursday & Friday, January 27-28, 2005
WHERE: Hyatt Regency Hotel, Dearborn
MiAEYC's Annual Early Childhood
SPONSOR: Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC)
WHEN: April 14-16, 2005
Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and DeVos Place, Grand Rapids, Michigan
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://www.miaeyc.org for more
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