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Children With Autism Learn Life Skills at School's Coffee Shop

Kids with autism learn life and business skills by running their own coffee shop. Credit: Getty Images Across the country, parents of children with autism regularly battle local school districts to secure the best possible education...At a New Jersey middle school, children with autism or multiple learning disabilities step out of the classroom and into the business world on Friday mornings when they run their own coffee shop.

Toxic Chemical Threatens Safety of Students, Teachers at NYC Public School

Dangerous chemicals were found inside a Staten Island school. Credit: Getty Images Last night's snowstorm may not have closed down New York City public schools, but most of the kids at P.S. 36 in Staten Island will be kept home by...Parents are keeping kids home from school after dangerously high PCB levels were found there.

Barack Obama faces school choice issue - this time, at home

Barack Obama has been busy this week making decisions about his White House staff in advance of January's inauguration. But the President- elect has also been consulting with the Mom-in-Chief about a hot-button issue: school. When the Obamas take...

Public schools: our educational backbone

While I am not a public school teacher, I am married to one. That, however, is not why I am such a huge proponent of the public school system. This editorial touches on one of the reasons -- certainly a big one as far as our own kids are concerned --...

Why am I doing freshman science write-ups when I am 37?

For the past eight years my son has attended a Waldorf school. It was a wonderful education and one that suited him well during his early years. Now he is in a mainstream public high school and our lives have changed drastically. Please note how I...

Her first school locker

This year my two older children are making some pretty big transitions where school is concerned. First, they are both attending bigger schools than they have ever attended. Second, they are both transitioning into public schools. My son is entering...

Teacher Talk: Principal Maria Ortega

No one exists in a vacuum. Soldiers on the front lines of battle rely on their intelligence community, their supply staff, and their leadership for the information, equipment, and guidance they need to stay alive and to be successful. Doctors need...

Those Friday folders, again

Remember last year when Jerry Falwell's Liberty Council fought for -- and won -- the right to send religious information home in the "Friday folders", and then got their knickers in a twist because other, non-Falwellian religions took advantage of...

Some schools inflexible about minority holidays

Sometimes, when you are part of the majority, it is easy to forget about the views of the minority. While I admit to not thinking of how someone different from me feels about certain issues at times, I have wondered what it is like to be a member of...

Got a speed reader? Tell her to "slow down."

If your child is finishing books at record pace, you might want to see if she's understanding anything she read. Have you heard of "reading fluency?" According to this article, fluency involves accuracy, expressiveness and speed. Unfortunately, many...

Different schools with different schedules make for a harried mom

All three of my children attend different schools. My oldest son is in a small, private Waldorf school. My daughter attends a public, Montessori charter school and my toddler is at a private Montessori preschool. None of the schools operate on the...

Are your field trips free?

Last night while talking to a friend of mine who is a third grade teacher in the local public school, we wandered on to the subject of field trips. She was venting her frustrations about the fact that although there are so many wonderful things to do...

Changing the fundraising system?

There's a lot of things that make me cringe in life, but when I see a kid pull out the dreaded "sign-up" paper for his school's newest fundraiser, well, I just want to run and hide. Before I say anything, let me tell you this: I do not like...

Children left behind in P.E. classes

My kids don't have daily P.E. classes. We live in Missouri. Currently, Illinois is the only state in the nation that requires children to have daily Physical Education classes from kindergarten through high school. And we are surrounded by messages...

Teacher pay in Houston tied to test scores

Tying pay to performance isn't anything new - if you've ever bought a car, house, or article of clothing from the mall, you've indirectly supported the pay-for-performance industry. But it's not typically utilized in government jobs. Somehow, that...

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