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Many states have enacted laws and guidelines spelling out how schools can help students with dyslexia.

Such laws vary by state.

According to, a website on learning and attention issues founded by 15 nonprofit organizations, they generally address issues such as:

Link to main story: How schools are disrupting dyslexia

The U.S. Department of Education has until January to approve or deny Iowa’s plan. If approved, Iowa plans to conduct the survey annually beginning in spring 2018.

Iowa intends to survey students on school climate as part of its Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) accountability plan.

Administrators who don’t feel their staffs have the time to manage community programs have contracted with outside groups to organize and oversee services.

Communities in Schools, which partners with about 400 districts in 25 states, has been helping administrators provide non-academic supports to students in high-need schools for about 40 years, says Gary Chapman, the nonprofit’s executive vice president for business development.

At four elementary schools in Idaho’s Boise School District, families in need can go to specially designated community rooms to pick up food, clothing and other necessities.

Due to property tax reform in Indiana, the Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township experienced a $14 million to $17 million shortfall and was facing tough financial decisions surrounding its capital projects, debt service and transportation expenditures.

To search for efficiencies in transportation, Superintendent Jeff Butts engaged with Transfinder, specifically looking to leverage their software solutions and expertise in transportation routing, scheduling and communications.

States that require recess in elementary school

Connecticut: 20 minutes of supervised recess daily, preferably outdoors

Indiana: Daily physical activity that may include the use of recess

Missouri: Minimum of one 20-minute recess period

Link to main story: Lawmakers requiring more recess in schools

Many schools offering recess provide 15 to 25 minutes of unstructured play daily. ( monkeybusinessimages).

A small but growing number of states are requiring school districts to provide recess. Pending legislation in Massachusetts would require schools to provide at least 20 minutes of daily recess in K5.

MAGIC SCHOOL BUS—The 71-passenger all-electric school bus has a range of 100 miles per charge and zero emissions.

Districts in Minnesota and California are participating in pilot programs that provide all-electric, zero-emissions buses that should cost much less to power and maintain.

Thomas A. Wilson is superintendent of Anderson School District Five in South Carolina.

Some school leaders can get so ingrained in a position that they are blind to the external and internal factors that impact a school community, which is just as detrimental to a school as the revolving door mentality.

ACADEMIC EFFICIENCY—Los Angeles USD’s CIO, Shahryar Khazei, has integrated enterprise resource planning software (which streamlines administrative functions) with the district’s student information system.

Some early adopters in K12 education have deployed ERP to manage a range of operations more efficiently.

SHORTAGE SOLUTION?—The Vail School District in Arizona has taken advantage of a new state law that allows it to hire instructors who have expertise in certain fields but who don’t have traditional teaching credentials.

Fourteen teachers in Utah’s Ogden School District reached the classroom via a nontraditional, perhaps looser route.

The Illinois State Board of Education will determine each district’s financial status before distributing funds, in light of the revamping of state education funding. ( frankramspott).

Illinois has revamped state education funding to provide extra support to economically challenged K12 districts.

Cort T. Malone is a shareholder in the insurance recovery group of Anderson Kill P.C., and Jorge R. Aviles is an attorney in the same group.

While the increasing number of concussion-related injuries in the NFL have captured the country’s attention, less attention has been paid to the rise of similar claims coming from high school student-athletes.

Schools connected to overseas U.S. military bases often try to restrict class sizes—to about 18 or 20 pupils—so teachers can develop closer relationships with their students.

A teacher’s primary obligation is to make sure newcomers integrate into their classes as quickly as possible, says Amy Peaceman, who recently retired after 41 years of teaching in Department of Defense schools.

Military-connected students—compared to civilian classmates—have moderately elevated rates of just about all risk factors, including suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and bullying.