The boom began about five years ago, said Kathy Pelzer, a longtime high school counselor in an affluent part of Southern California. More students than ever were securing disability diagnoses, many seeking additional time on class work and tests. A junior taking three or four Advanced Placement classes, who was stressed out and sleepless. A sophomore whose grades were slipping, causing his parents angst. Efforts to transfer the children to less difficult courses, Ms. Pelzer said, were often a nonstarter for their parents, who instead turned to private practitioners to see whether a diagnosis — of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, perhaps, or anxiety or depression — could explain the problem. Such psychological assessments can cost thousands of dollars, and are often not covered by insurance. For some families, the ultimate goal was extra time — for classroom quizzes, essays, state achievement tests, A.P. exams and ultimately the SAT and ACT. … [Read more...] about Need Extra Time on Tests? It Helps to Have Cash.
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After almost six weeks of hard campaigning, election day has finally arrived and polls have opened to 16 million Australians. Prime Minister Scott Morrison's Coalition Government and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's Labor Party have promised billions to woo voters to their side. Hospitals and schools will be pumped with cash, climate change tackled, power bills cut, immigration restricted, and houses made more affordable. However, the two sides have in many cases vastly different ideas on how to get this done - and whose vision becomes reality is a choice for the people. Daily Mail Australia has sifted through pages of complicated policy and boiled it down to make your decision on who to vote for easier. Immigration Coalition Scott Morrison's government would put a 18,750 cap on the number of humanitarian visas Australia would issue in a year, with 60 per cent of them to be for females. It would boost the percentage of refugees resettled in regional areas … [Read more...] about Your last-minute cheat sheet for the 2019 federal election
In the parking lot of the Sportsmen’s Lodge, an unpretentious Studio City haunt once favored by Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, and John Wayne, J. Cole sits behind the wheel of a rented Bentley Bentayga. The Bentley costs $700 a day, and Cole’s in Los Angeles for eight weeks. He’s been a millionaire since 2010 and still hates spending money, balks at even paying $15 for the Wi-Fi at most overpriced hotels, but this car, and the private jets he sometimes takes now, are things he can afford. “I’m just like — ahhh, fuck it,” Cole says, shaking his head. “These are the fuck-its. And this is the fuck-it period.” I get in, and he asks where I want to go. “You ever been to the forest?” I offer. He seems slightly confused, like, There’s a forest out here? Angeles National Forest is about a 20-, 30-minute drive, I explain, up in the mountains. Once you’re up there, you can see the whole city. He sets his GPS and … [Read more...] about J. Cole Just Wants to Be Himself
PHILADELPHIA — It took 24 seconds for the unlikeliest big story in the NHL to do its work. The Arizona Coyotes don’t just kill penalties, they annihilate them. They’ve scored five more goals on their penalty kill than goals they’ve allowed and scored a pair of shorties on the same Flyers power play Thursday night. That kind of embarrassment took a while to get over and the Flyers eventually overcame it for a 5-4 overtime win. Somehow. If Monday was an ugly win, Thursday's was hideous. But winning cures everything. “I said it a couple weeks ago: sometimes you’ve got to just sack up and get a character win and that’s what tonight was,” coach Dave Hakstol said. “Coming off a long West Coast trip, playing a couple of days later, whatever it is, you know there’s gonna be some tough moments, some sloppy play. We showed that. We had some uncharacteristic play and turnovers from some guys, especially in the first half of … [Read more...] about Flyers 5 takeaways: the power play that almost ruined a win
Dear Santa, It’s hard to be a sports fan in the Motor City. The Detroit Lions are going backwards. The Tigers are stuck in a rebuild, years from being good again. The Pistons can’t win enough to get anybody excited. The Red Wings have fallen off the radar. Michigan football was blown out by Ohio State, wasting an amazing opportunity. And MSU football lost a recruit to Rutgers. That’s like you, Santa, losing an elf to the Easter Bunny. It just sounds wrong. So big fella, we got a long wish list here in Michigan, so many things we need, and I’d suggest bringing the big sleigh. Related: Carlos Monarrez's Lions wish list: Do Jim Bob Cooter a favor, fire him Tigers The worst part of a rebuild is the waiting for the youngsters to arrive. But you, dear Santa, could change that with one simple little gift. The Tigers could use a time machine, a slick DeLorean straight from “Back to the Future,” that could speed ahead for a few years, just so we can … [Read more...] about Dear Santa: Lions, Tigers, Wings, Pistons, Wolverines, Spartans need help