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NYC officials defend decision to cuff 1st-grader

The mother of a special education first-grader wants to know why her son was handcuffed when he became upset while decorating an Easter egg at his New York City school. Full story

K-12 bill clears Senate; House passes safety bill

Lawmakers capped a week of budget debate Thursday with a Senate vote for a school funding bill shifting money away from urban districts and House approval of a crime package that toughens sex offender sentences while slashing the budget for Minnesota's anti-discrimination office. Full story

Court weighs if age should figure into questioning

The Supreme Court delved Wednesday into two cases involving the welfare of children, including one where justices seemed ready to force courts to consider age when examining whether a child is in custody and must be given Miranda rights. Full story

Autism therapy plummets post high school

Many teenagers with autism stop receiving speech therapy and other needed mental and physical health care services once they leave high school, according to a new study. Graduating seniors lose access to the services they obtained through their school-based special education programs. Full story

Shaky evidence behind massage therapy for autism

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Massage has become a fairly popular alternative therapy for autism, but there is only limited evidence suggesting it is helpful, a new research review shows. Full story

TSA pat-down leaves traveler covered in urine

A retired special education teacher on his way to a wedding in Orlando, Fla., says he was left humiliated, crying and covered with his own urine recently after an enhanced pat-down by TSA officers. Full story

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  BlackBerry passes the ‘Torch’ to teachers

David Neal, a tech expert for Research In Motion, discusses the need for school systems to go paperless and unveil their Education Nation BlackBerry app available on their Torch smart phone.

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