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By Elizaberth Planet

February 10, 2017



Betsy DeVos' confirmation as our nation's Secretary of Education is an

opportunity to remind policymakers that mental health and learning disorders

are the most common health issues faced by school-aged children in the

United States. Eighty percent of chronic psychiatric disorders like ADHD,

anxiety and depression begin in childhood, and one in five children

struggles with a learning disorder.



As we noted in our 2016 Children's Mental Health Report, emotional and

behavioral problems can lead to frequent disciplinary measures, school

avoidance, suspension and being left back.