CDC officials found that 1 in every 68 children in the country has an autism spectrum disorder, a rate unchanged from the last CDC survey two years ago.Here's yet another great story about the move to bring back more CTE (Career and Technical Education). The Tri-City Herald reports that the Kennewick School District's Tri-Tech Skills Center students built two "tiny" houses that will be put up for sale along with all other district surplus items.
And while the new findings may help counter claims that half of all children in the United States will be autistic within a decade, it’s too soon to say whether the rate has reached a plateau, CDC officials cautioned.
The construction trades class is also working on two full-size homes with Habitat for Humanity.Facebook and your child. This blog post by parent Dave Carroll is recommended reading. (Again, yes, I know that some believe privacy is dead but every single parents has some line they do not want crossed for their own child.)
A very sobering report on the suicide rate from the New York Times.
Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults.
Researchers also found an alarming increase among girls 10 to 14, whose suicide rate, while still very low, had tripled. The number of girls who killed themselves rose to 150 in 2014 from 50 in 1999. “This one certainly jumped out,” said Sally Curtin, a statistician at the center and an author of the report.
“This is part of the larger emerging pattern of evidence of the links between poverty, hopelessness and health,” said Robert D. Putnam, a professor of public policy at Harvard and the author of “Our Kids,” an investigation of new class divisions in America.From the study referenced in the article, Increase in Suicide in the United States, 1999–2014, by
Sally C. Curtin, M.A., Margaret Warner, Ph.D., and Holly Hedegaard, M.D., M.S.P.H.:
While suicide among adolescents and young adults is increasing and among the leading causes of death for those demographic groups (4), suicide among middle-aged adults is also rising (5).On a more up note, here's the report from SPS on the 2015-2016 Conservation Champions. There are 25 schools profiled in the report. The efforts range from lunchroom recycling at many schools to installation of a solar panel array on the roof of Blaine to Chief Sealth's advocacy for water bottle filling stations in schools, to a beautiful mural at John Rogers made of salvaged materials, to advocacy from kids at Maple Elementary to clean up the Duwamish River, to Nathan Hale's Climate Justice Club, to Pathfinder K-8s extensive efforts throughout the school year, to the Taste of TOPS Celebration.
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