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Have you heard about this? Oregon is testing a tuition free college program whereby students attend community or public university for free in exchange for agreeing to pay back the state with a percentage of their future income.

Don’t read this if you’re having a bad day and are in need of something uplifting. It’s more likely to leave you depressed and maybe even a little heartbroken. The story I’ve linked here, “Striving to Save an Unreachable Student: Giving up on Angel,” is especially difficult for anybody who’s tried and failed to reach a student like this. The story is part of a larger series, called “Brit in the Bronx,” about a UK teacher who came to the U.S. to teach high school art in the Bronx. If you’ve the time and the inclination, it’s an interesting read.

Here’s a good resource to keep on hand, US News and World Report’s annual rankings of the best schools – online and off, high school and beyond.

For disabled students learning how to cope … with challenges of everyday life, as well as trying to master skills that will help them be more independent after graduation, technology” can be a valuable tool. Educators often have love/hate relationships with technology, which can be ornery and unreliable just when you need it most, but assistive devices can be life changing for special needs students.