California becomes first state to mandate later start times at public schools

By Owen Daugherty for thehill.com California is set to become the first state to require later start times for some public schools after Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed legislation into law Sunday. The new law will be implemented over time and will eventually mandate middle schools to start no earlier than 8 a.m. and high schools to begin no earlier than 8:30…

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Record number of colleges stop requiring the SAT and ACT amid questions of fairness

By Alina Tugend, The Hechinger Report Julia Tomasulo took the ACT three times hoping to get to get the best possible score when applying for colleges. Even though she had good grades and was a two-sport athlete, “of the whole college process, the testing was the hardest,” Tomasulo said. She took practice tests daily. Her parents spent about $3,500 on…

Ask Dr. Blank: What can parents of newly diagnosed children on the autism spectrum do to get the best possible resources for their child?

Give yourself some time to deal with the diagnosis and to find the best possible services for your child. Reach out to other families. Limit the services you and your child receive so as not to overwhelm you or your child. Do things for yourself that help support your health and vitality.  You have to take care of yourself so…

Learning in nature: Washington becomes first in the country to license outdoor preschools

By Elise Takahama for The Seattle Times It had just stopped raining, and 4-year-old Jane Theumer was still wearing her yellow waterproof jacket and matching duck boots. “I feel like my cheeks are cold,” she said to her preschool teacher, Hannah Kinney, as her class embarked on their daily hike through West Seattle’s forestlike Camp Long. But once on the…