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01/19/2017 | Texas | The Texas Tribune

Federal officials plan second round of investigation on Texas special ed

Aliyya Swaby | The Texas Tribune | Twitter

Federal officials are returning to Texas in late February to continue their investigation into whether the state purposely excluded students from receiving special education services, they wrote in a letter Thursday to the Texas Education Agency.

Several weeks after visiting five Texas cities to hear from the public about their experiences with special education, U.S. Department of Education officials are coming back the week of Feb. 27 to visit specific districts and schools. The visits will allow them to collect information on whether the TEA violated federal law in the way it evaluated students for special education, according to the letter.

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DENIED: Series from the Houston Chronicle

Houston Chronicle | Twitter

In 2004, Texas arbitrarily decided what percentage of students should get special education services.

Today, tens of thousands of children are paying the price.

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01/19/2017 | Turkey | UNICEF

More than 40 percent of Syrian refugee children in Turkey missing out on education

UNICEF | Twitter

Nearly half a million Syrian refugee children are currently enrolled in schools across Turkey. But despite a more than 50 per cent increase in enrolment since last June, over 40 per cent of children of school-going age – or 380,000 child refugees – are still missing out on an education, UNICEF said today.

“For the first time since the start of the Syrian crisis, there are more Syrian children in Turkey attending class than there are out of school,” said UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth, speaking after a visit to UNICEF programmes in southern Turkey.

“Turkey should be commended for this huge achievement. But unless more resources are provided, there is still a very real risk of a ‘lost generation’ of Syrian children, deprived of the skills they will one day need to rebuild their country.”

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40% of Syrian children in Turkey not in school

Al Jazeera | Twitter

About 380,000 Syrian children of school age are missing out on education in Turkey, raising the risk of a “lost generation”, according to the UN children’s fund UNICEF.

More than 40 percent of Syrian child refugees in Turkey are not in education at present, the agency said in a statement on Thursday.

Justin Forsyth, UNICEF’s deputy executive director, praised Ankara for enrolling 50 percent of Syrian child refugees since June, but said more needed to be done.

“Unless more resources are provided, there is still a very real risk of a ‘lost generation’ of Syrian children, deprived of the skills they will one day need to rebuild their country,” Forsyth added.

To read more visit Al Jazeera

01/31/2017 | UK | The Caterer

National Adopt a School Week to deliver food education to 1,500 children

Amanda Afiya | The Caterer | Twitter

Members of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) are preparing to go back to school next week to deliver food and front-of-house education lessons as part of the charity’s first official National Adopt a School Week.

During 6-10 February, more than 45 chefs will deliver 55 food and front-of-house education sessions in 26 schools across the UK. More than 1,500 school children will benefit from the food education classes.

Among the chefs taking part in the initiative are Gary Jones of Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Phil Howard of Elystan Street, Giorgio Locatelli of Locanda Locatelli, Adam Byatt of Trinity, Salt Yard group’s Ben Tish, Dominic Chapman of the Beehive and James Golding of the Pig.

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