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Morgan, Jill; Ashbaker, Betty Y.; Forbush, David – American School Board Journal, 2000
Recently, one southeastern Idaho school's special-education aides were upgraded to paraprofessional status. All 28 para-educators are women, have at least a high-school diploma, and have job descriptions specifying what they should know and accomplish in the classroom. Training and compensation particulars are discussed. (MLH)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Program Descriptions, Program Implementation
Black, Susan – American School Board Journal, 2000
The Autism Research Institute says autism-like disorders affect 15 out of 10,000 children. Cases are climbing in schools, partly due to expanded diagnostic codes (see sidebar). Autistic children are often misdiagnosed as having attention-deficit, learning, or emotional disorders. Schools can help by providing good teachers and early intervention.…
Descriptors: Asperger Syndrome, Autism, Costs, Early Intervention
Dowling-Sendor, Benjamin – American School Board Journal, 2000
If a state legislature sets a higher standard for individualized education programs, it must be met to receive federal special-education funding. However, an Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in a case involving an autistic boy threatens to weaken IDEA's authorization of higher state standards. (MLH)
Descriptors: Autism, Compliance (Legal), Court Litigation, Elementary Education
Costello, Donna Marie – American School Board Journal, 1991
Boards can soften the termination blow by assuring employees that layoffs are not personal and offering to write letters of recommendation. School systems should also give early notices and reasonable explanations, eliminate positions through attrition and early retirement, and place certified administrators in lesser administrative or teaching…
Descriptors: Dismissal (Personnel), Elementary Education, Reduction in Force, School Psychologists