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From the March/April, 2017, issue of 2e: Twice-Exceptional Newsletter

Happenings in the 2e Community

U.S. EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND LAW. Anyone interested in how proposed or enacted changes to educational policy and law might affect twice-exceptional students can check these recent articles:

  • Two articles in The Hechinger Report, one on changes the new secretary of education might make  regarding school choice and civil rights (https://goo.gl/5PloVK ), the other on exactly  how civil rights fits  into the Department of Education (https://goo.gl/dNluwY ).
  • An article in  Disability Scoop  about roll-backs of regulations  that might weaken accountability for students with disabilities (https://goo.gl/IoXr2Q)
  • An article in The Washington Post  about roll-backs that, again, might hamper students with disabilities (https://goo.gl/dHFHW8)
  • An Education Week  article raising the possibility that federal education funding would follow the student instead of flowing to the state. For kiddos needing special ed services, that’s an intriguing idea.   (https://goo.gl/30CqnI)
  • A Washington Post  warning that civil rights enforcement in education could be rolled back in the new administration. What does that matter to the 2e community? For one, the DOE Office of Civil Rights has intervened in the past when 2e kiddos were treated inequitably.   (https://goo.gl/o2wBfm)
  • ESSA OVERTURN. The Council for Exceptional Children notes this: “The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to overturn the U.S. Department of Education’s regulation implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act’s (ESSA) core requirement that schools be held accountable for the performance of historically marginalized students, including students with disabilities.” CEC urges its members and others to write their senators against this repeal.   (https://goo.gl/00bXuy)

ADVOCACY. Parents with a purpose can make a difference, as an article at the Washington Post explains. Katherine Spurlock had a daughter who has dyslexia and was in school in Montgomery County, Maryland. Spurlock wanted appropriate interventions and placement in school for her daughter. However, she discovered that Montgomery County “did not compile data about how much money was being spent on early academic or behavioral interventions for students who need them,” according to the Post. Apparently, neither did any other county in Maryland. What did Spurlock do? Got state legislators to introduce legislation to address that problem. (https://wpo.st/_BSf2)

A NEW ZEALAND WEBSITE called “Stuff” describes a 2e-friendly school there, Summit Point School in Auckland. The school’s founder started with one- and two-day programs in 2013 and then, according to Stuff, “was pushed to open a full-time school by parents, who found their dyslexic children had a great need for help, both academically and emotionally.” (https://goo.gl/9qs53N)

MOTHERWELL, a digital publication about modern parenting, has published a piece called “When reading at grade level is not good enough.” Two factors are behind the title: the writer’s own self-admitted perfectionistic tendencies, and the fact that her seemingly smart daughter doesn’t have the same proficiency at or interest in reading as her peers. The mom’s conundrum: “Like everyone else, I have to figure out how to parent my child without strapping my demons on her back, while simultaneously giving her what she needs to succeed.” (https://goo.gl/bSvbpu

TEMPLE GRANDIN has been named to the National Women’s Hall of Fame, according to Disability Scoop. She was chosen for her work as an autism advocate — and also for her work in animal science. (https://goo.gl/r0ORJB

2e IN ASIA... and coming “home” for support. An American mom who has lived abroad extensively writes about how Singapore schools could not/would not support her twice-exceptional child, and the support the family received once they moved back to the U.S. (https://wpo.st/B1la2)   

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