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Special Education

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Over a three-year period, disabled students in San Benito County dropped out at more than twice the rate of the general student population.
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Darryl Lester was at his mom’s place in Tacoma, Washington, when a letter he’d been waiting for arrived in the mail. At 40, he was destitute, in pain and out of work.
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The series has received support from the Fund for Journalism on Child Well-Being, a program of USC's Center for Health Journalism....
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Why are teachers going to the mat to get more nurses in schools? And what do nurses have to do with education?
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Today’s San Francisco is both a microcosm of the challenge facing African-American public school students and a beacon for potential change.
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This series was produced with the support of the University of Southern California Annenberg Center for Health Journalism and its Dennis A. Hunt Fund for Health Journalism....
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How could I understand, given how little I knew? All behavior, the experts I interviewed told me, is communication. I was seeking the backstory of why a little girl had bit a school staff member and whether she had a way to express herself.

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Every day in special education classrooms, teachers and aides oversee students whose emotional and behavioral disabilities can trigger violent confrontations. In some cases, teachers and aides wrestle students to the floor, pin them against classroom walls, or drag them into seclusion rooms.

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During a class excursion in 2013, a nonverbal 5th-grader with autism, epilepsy and an IQ of 47 was repeatedly told to stop touching the wheel of his special stroller, but he didn’t. His teacher responded by holding him facedown on the floor for 12 minutes, according to a lawsuit.

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