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Analysis of State Bullying Laws and Policies (2011) from the Office of Safe and Healthy Students (formerly OSDFS)

This report reviews states’ bullying laws and model bullying policies and school districts’ bullying policies. As of April 2011, 46 states had bullying laws, 45 of which directed school districts to adopt bullying policies. Forty-one states had model bullying policies. Thirty-six states included provisions in their education codes prohibiting cyberbullying or bullying using electronic media. Thirteen states specified that schools have jurisdiction over off-campus behavior if it creates a hostile school environment.

Find this newly released report and other information, resources, and free pubs at Bullying and Harassment.

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

New final regulations clarify who may receive student information for education program research and evaluation, as well as under what circumstances. Schools will be able to disclose student information if it is classified as a directory information.

The final regulations were published by US DOE on December 2, 2011. These regulations are effective January 3, 2012. Overview

Find a link to the final regulations and other information, resources, and free pubs  at Privacy, Confidentiality and Education Records

Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder from the  National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

NIMH recently updated its Parent’s Guide to Autism Spectrum Disorder. This comprehensive document is designed to help parents understand the different types of autism spectrum disorders, the diagnosis process, treatment options and available resources.

Find this updated report and other information, resources, and free pubs at Autism, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), Asperger Syndrome (AS)

A Parent’s Guide to Response-to-Intervention from the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ RTI Action Network

This Parent Guide includes:
Parent Perspectives -Includes examples from parents who have experience with RTI.
Glossary – Learn the important terms you’ll need to know during the process.
Tiered Intervention 101 – Concise explanations of the tiered model and why it works.
Sample Intervention Plans – Print out own sample intervention plans.
Checklists and worksheets – Print out documents that will help guide parents and educators through the process.

Find this updated report and other information, resources, and free pubs at Response to Intervention (RTI)

The State of Learning Disabilities: Facts, Trends and Indicators (July 2011) form NCLD

This report provides the authoritative national and state-by-state snapshot of learning disabilities (LD) in the United States, and their impact on the ability of students and adults to achieve educational success and employment.  It also clarifies what a learning disability is and explains the common misperceptions associated with LD.

  1. I read the final regulations with regards to FERPA. I have a question regarding FERPA. Can school district officials (teachers, administrators) discuss specifics about a child in one school with teachers and administrators from another school in the same district? I have a child in high school and a child in elementary school. My child’s elementary school teacher has been asking him questions about his sister in high school. When I asked the elementary teacher how she knew about the older sister, she replied that all the teachers know about my daughter and the trouble she has been having. We filed a state complaint last fall regarding my daughter and the whole district knows about it. Do we have any privacy rights in this kind of case? The State released the results of the complaint, but no personally identifiable information was given.

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