Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Education Budget, Resources, and "Most Likely Not to Pay Attention"

K-12 EDUCATION BUDGET. In our previous blog posting, we pointed to a Washington Post story about the potential impact on education stemming from budget changes for 2018. The Post has issued a follow-up, claiming that the administration is proposing to eliminate: "Mental health services. Civics and arts programs. International education and language studies. Anti-bullying activities. Gifted and talented initiatives. Full-service community schools." Find the article. In a similar vein, Disability Scoop notes that "Deep cuts to Medicaid and other programs that people with disabilities rely on are at the heart of President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal." Find the article. (Our reaction? Onward and downward. 😧) 

THANKS TO ALL who took advantage of our Spring Sale on "Spotlight on 2e Series" booklets. Many purchasers were repeat buyers. And some school districts took the opportunity to stock up on 10, 40, or even 50 copies. It's always gratifying to us that so many in the 2e community seem to find the booklets useful.

AND ANOTHER "DEAL." Prufrock Press is publishing the third edition of To Be Gifted and Learning Disabled, by Susan Baum, Robin Schader, and Steven Owen. The book is scheduled for release at the end of June. Members of the 2e community interested in purchasing this book can go to the Prufrock site, add the book to the shopping cart, and then use the code TBGLD20 to receive a 20 percent discount.

RESOURCE FROM AACAP. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has posted a guide for families titled "Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth." If gender identification is an issue at your house, check out the guide.

FIDGET SPINNERS have been in the news lately, and the headline in a new posting at Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities tells why, asking whether the devices are a "Distraction or Learning Tool?" Read more about the pros and cons of this device.

AND FINALLY, THIS. Teachers at a Georgia middle school used the occasion of end-of-year recognitions to present one student with ADHD a trophy inscribed "Most Likely Not to Pay Attention." The teachers have evidently been fired. Readers on our Facebook page, where we "shared" the item yesterday, were not amused and stated so. Find out more.

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