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Non-issues abound about autism with Trump

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Pres. Trump spoke a little, and a little too dimly, about autism at a White House event yesterday with US Ed. Sec. Betsy DeVos.

Reaction time faster in musicians

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If you play a musical instrument (or two...), you response time to sensory stimuli may be faster than it is for non-musicians. No causation here, just an interesting correlation.

Parents, Poundstone want screen safety laws

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Some parents and one famous comedian want Maryland legislators to enact screen safety laws because students are nearsighted and use computers a lot.

It’s a struggle to retain new teachers, say teachers

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It's harder & harder to keep experienced teachers during the first few years, despite relatively high pay for Md. teachers.

Absenteeism may contribute to dropout rate

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Reasons why kids miss school are complex and highly variable; let's address the problem and stop promoting misinformation with simple-minded ads.

It’s better not to be the ‘bottom dog’

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Middle school structure, like making it a K-8 school instead of a 6-8 school, might improve 6th graders chances of success, new research suggests.

Dirty clothes lead to absenteeism (NOT)

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There are benefits to wearing clean clothes (reduced risk of skin infections & smelling bad). School attendance isn't a benefit.

Rich Twp. high schools lose a band director

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The band programs at Rich Twp. high schools are being reduced: declining enrollment, budget issues (of course). Not my favorite decision.

More P.E. (not) linked to higher math scores

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A new study from D.C. shows no positive correlation between PE minutes per week and academic proficiency in mathematics.

Maryland releases high school PARCC data

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State-level results from the PARCC tests have been released for Maryland's high school students. Lots of kids did poorly, but not all.