6 things parents should know about IEPs, from a school psychologist

We all want our children to succeed in school but some students need extra support. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is a plan developed to ensure that children with disabilities receive the specialized instruction and services they need.

As a school psychologist who’s advocated for both parents and children in special education for 20 years, there are some things parents should understand about IEPs. Read more.

‘Our kids are the sacrifices’: Parents push schools to open

LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The activism of Jennifer Dale began when she watched her third grade daughter struggle with distance learning, kicking and screaming through her online classes.

The mother of three initially sent emails to her local school officials with videos of the disastrous school days for her middle daughter, Lizzie, who has Down syndrome. Over time, she connected with other parents and joined several protests calling for school buildings to reopen.

Now she helps organize events and has become a voice for what has become a statewide movement of parents calling for children to return to school in Oregon, one of only a handful of states that has required at least a partial closure of schools as long as local coronavirus infections remain above certain levels.

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‘Why would we even try?’ Parents of disabled students almost never win in fights against Maryland districts – Baltimore Sun

Just shameful!

It’s rare for the parents of students with disabilities to prevail in legal battles against Maryland school districts. In the past five years, they’ve lost more than 85 percent of the time, state education department documents show.

Source: ‘Why would we even try?’ Parents of disabled students almost never win in fights against Maryland districts – Baltimore Sun

How to Become a Licensed Nursing Assistant in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Board of Nursing (BON) is responsible for the entire Licensed Nursing Assistant (LNA) process, beginning with approving program curriculum to maintaining the New Hampshire Nursing Assistant Registry. New Hampshire is one of the few states requiring mandatory licensing of nursing assistants. The LNA is the equivalent of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in other states. The LNA can add certification as a Medication Nursing Assistant (MNA) by completing a state-approved Medication Administration Program and meeting all other eligibility criteria. The following sections give an overview of the process for becoming a Licensed Nursing Assistant in New Hampshire. Read more

White Mountains Community College Graduates Eight LNA Instructors

White Mountains Community College conducted a 15-hour Train the Trainer Course at the Littleton Academic Center on February 7 and 14. This course is approved by the NH Board of Nurses to prepare RNs and LPNs to become certified to teach LNA courses. Eight nurses completed the course. The 15 contact hours for continuing education for nurses were provided through the North Country Health Consortium. Read more

Bills to address New Hampshire nursing shortage clear Statehouse

It isn’t the end-all solution to the nursing shortage, advocates say — but it’s a start.

Two bills passed by the N.H. Legislature last week are being hailed by local and state health care officials, who say the policies could reduce licensing hurdles for new and out-of-state nurses.


Officials say the bills, which were co-sponsored by Sen. Jay V. Kahn, D-Keene, will help New Hampshire health care facilities attract more nurses by easing some of the regulatory entry burdens that can discourage them from the profession.

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