Study shows many teachers not credentialed in their subjects
August 6, 2014
Illinois school districts have employed hundreds of educators to teach everything from science to special education even though they lacked proper credentials in those subjects, a Tribune investigation has found.
The assignment of teachers not properly trained and credentialed to teach a specific course — a practice that has come under fire nationwide — is facilitated by loopholes in state laws and rules as well as by district hiring practices. It has occurred even when applicants with the required qualifications were available, the newspaper found.
At the same time, the system designed to monitor teacher licensing allows some educators to work for months or even years before getting proper credentials.
Federal officials say that every child deserves a quality teacher — one who has expertise and credentials in his or her field. And last month, U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan asked states to prepare an “equity plan” by April 2015 to ensure that all students, especially minority and poor children, are not disproportionately taught by inexperienced, unqualified teachers.
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The New York Daily News‘ streak of disturbing NYPD stories continues today with one out of Brooklyn’s 67th Precinct: According to documents obtained by the paper, two FDNY EMTs who were called to the station house last month ended up needing to physically stop police officers from beating a handcuffed, mentally ill man.
In an Unusual Occurrence Report, the medical workers said that the violence began as they were preparing to move the unidentified man to a hospital. “[Patient] came out of the cell in cuffs. [Patient] became combative with [police] and was put on our stretcher,” wrote one EMT. “[Patient] was struck in the face by an officer … [Patient] spit in the face of an officer, whereupon the officer punched the [Patient] in the face multiple times.”
“Three cops began to punch the patient in the face, EMS [had] to get in the middle of it to intervene,” the report continued. At that point, it seems that the officers stopped hitting the man, but the EMTs noted that he was then “taken off the stretcher to the ground and restrained again” by the cops, and then “thrown again” onto the stretcher. The man was said to have “sustained injuries to the face and head” — wounds that the EMTs cleaned in the ambulance once they finally managed to leave.
The Internal Affairs unit says that it’s looking into the incident, which probably isn’t going to do much to end the NYPD and the FDNY’s long-running rivalry.
Take a look at this camp if you are in the local area and have a child on the Autism Spectrum. “The REACH Program provides a safe and positive setting for campers with disabilities to be included in Specialty Camps, activities, and enjoy peer interactions, with supports and/or modifications when necessary.”
The New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is
interested in finding out more about bullying and individuals with
intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. We have begun looking
into this because we are concerned about how little is known about
bullying among individuals with disabilities.
In order to find out more about this important issue, we are working
with a grantee to conduct focus groups with various groups across the
Individuals (both children and adults) with intellectual and/or
Family members of people with disabilities,
Friends, classmates and/or coworkers of people with disabilities,
People who work with or provide care for people with disabilities
outside the immediate family, and Employers of people with disabilities.
The information gathered at these meetings will be used to assist us
in developing a plan of action to address bullying prevention for
individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
We are planning to conduct the focus groups in June and July in the
following areas of New York State:
New York City/Long Island
We are finalizing the dates and locations for the focus groups and
will share them with focus groups participants in the next couple of
If you would like to participate in one of the focus groups, please
contact Ashley Pacelli at either 1-800-395-3372 or
Ashley [dot] pacelli [at] ddpc [dot] ny [dot] gov. Ashley will need the following
information for individuals interested in either the focus groups or
Who you represent (individual, family member, agency, etc.)
Interested in focus group or interview
Region of state where you would want to participate
We will also be conducting a limited number of interviews with
stakeholders from throughout New York State. If you are unable to
participate in the focus groups but would like to be interviewed
please let Ashley know that as well.
Many thanks and we look forward to working with you.
NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
99 Washington Avenue, Suite 1230
Albany, NY 12210
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Reacting to a series of highly publicized rapes on college campuses, the White House on Monday released guidelines that increase the pressure on universities to more aggressively combat sexual assaults on campus.
The recommendations urge colleges, among other measures, to conduct anonymous surveys about sexual assault cases, adopt anti-assault policies that have been considered successful at other universities and to better ensure that the reports of such crimes remain confidential.
Citing the progress, researchers are projecting a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020. Their report, based on Education Department statistics from 2012, was set to be presented today at the Building a GradNation Summit.
Auburn’s Barber diagnosed recently with dyslexia
By JOHN ZENOR, AP Sports Writer
Updated 12:17 pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Peyton Barber was sitting in class a few months ago when a familiar problem surfaced.
“I was reading and the words would come off the page and then I would start reading backward,” the Auburn tailback said Tuesday. “I was wondering what was going on and I had always had that problem, so I went and talked to one of the counselors about it and they said, ‘We’ll get you tested.'”
Barber, who was diagnosed with ADHD in high school, found out he also has dyslexia, a fairly common combination.
thecollegian by Jessica Shields
Dyslexia is a complicated topic in the state of Kansas. Even though one in five people have been diagnosed with dyslexia, according to the Fundamental Learning Center, Kansas does not recognize it as its own category of learning disability in the school system.
“Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person’s ability to read, write, spell and sometimes speak,” said Mary Belvin, director of Children Services at the Fundamental Learning Center in Wichita. “We say it’s a glitch in the brain on a phonological level.”
Dyslexia has a wide spectrum and cannot be seen, which can cause many people to be confused about the disability. People with dyslexia struggle with processing and interpreting language. It is not a visual impairment or an indicator that a person is stupid or stubborn.
“The individuals are often very talented and it has nothing to do with IQ, but they struggle with language,” Belvin said.
Business Insider – Science – Kevin Loria
According to the New York Times, some researchers say that almost two million American kids could have a controversial attention disorder called “sluggish cognitive tempo.”
Half of these kids are a subset of the six million currently diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — usually called ADHD. They make up a group of non-hyperactive children who have been sorted into the ADHD group, and could potentially be re-classified as having this new condition.