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Kicked. Punched. Whipped. As Schools Struggle to Support Students With Special Needs, Educators Report Abuse on the Job. See more national education news here

| June 4, 2019
Kicked. Punched. Whipped. As Schools Struggle to Support Students With Special Needs, Educators Report Abuse on the Job. See more national education news here

At a ceremony in 2014 to honor Brett Bigham with Oregon’s Teacher of the Year award, he slouched over in his chair — hoping blood wouldn’t seep through his shirt.

Just days earlier, Bigham wrote in a 2018 op-ed, he had endured a brutal beating in his classroom, one that sent him to the hospital. On this occasion, he wrote, a student bit him and whipped him with a television cable. It was far from the first time he endured physical violence or death threats on the job. It wasn’t the first time a classroom injury sent him to the hospital, either. …

Bigham’s story is likely an extreme example of the challenges special education teachers face as schools struggle to adequately support children with special needs, like those living with significant trauma or other conditions that affect their ability to regulate behavior.

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Arizona 8th grader advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

| May 31, 2017
Arizona 8th grader advances at Scripps National Spelling Bee

One of the Arizona’s two representatives in the 90th annual Scripps National Spelling Bee advanced on Wednesday morning.

Penda Ba correctly spelled her first word in the preliminary round.

The 8th grader from Gilbert correctly spelled “scilicet.”

Penda will now have the chance to spell a second word in the preliminary round. If she gets that correct, the judges will factor in her score from Tuesday’s written test.

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