A great article from the Wrightslaw people. I found it interesting that Pam is a Social Worker (something we really don't have here in Oregon) and her husband is an attorney.
This article gets to the heart of the discourse between parents and school officials: where's the motivation? Parents are motivated to get their child to learn (God forbid that we want an optimal education for our kids). Teachers? Well, read the article....
While we do not know what causes autism or how it can be cured, we do know that the best treatment for children with autism is early intervention from qualified teachers and education professionals. Achieving this goal is difficult because most special education teacher preparation programs do not adequately train teachers to effectively help autistic students.
Department of Education, under pressure from state legislatures, plans to ease some provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. The provisions include some regarding teacher certification and also new flexible regulations on participation rates for testing. The new policies will be announced Monday, March 15.
Another story about blaming disabled kids for lack of teacher/aide training and understanding of disabilities. Really, if they are going to do this at least they can throw up their hands and admit they can't so that private companies can move in and the the job right.
We do not anticipate that the IDEA Reauthorization will be addressed this year. IDEA will most likely be brought to the Senate floor early next year. The Senate has adjourned until Tuesday, 12/9/2003 when they will finalize a few appropriations matters and break again. The Senate will then reconvene for the remainder of the 108th Session on Tuesday, January 20th.
I think I'm going to get sick. Nope, kids have never gone from autism to normal IQ and indistinguishable from peers. Never. (please note sarcasm). Maybe we should write letters to Michelle Harper at White
Mountain Middle School in Eagle Point, Oregon. Geez.
An interesting article on how unions blocked the creation of charter schools that would have been fully funded (and built!) by a philanthropist. The idea that 90% of the kids had to BOTH graduate AND go to college must have scared them.
Joe Klein on how Detroit lost out on $200 million for new schools
By JOE KLEIN
A very interesting article in the NY Times about special ed students and removals from schools. From those that know me, this is truly a trend that is out there - and no, I'm not being paranoid!
Of interest are a couple of quotes:
"Groups representing school boards and administrators say the current rules have forced teachers to tolerate disruptions by students whose presence in their classroom is protected precisely because they cannot control their behavior."
Not sure how many have perused Dr. Joel Arick's "Autism Spectrum Disorders Outcome Study" but I have found a few points that are questionable in the least. I'm not a researcher nor an autism expert, but with some research coursework in my background and common sense, I hope to illustrate some points of contention.
Having used the autism ribbon for several years, I'm curious as to how this will play out - and if it will go to court. Not that I have any ill will against the Autism Society of America (ASA), but I think this move is most disgusting and I am really hoping that there is an attorney out there that can help other organizations that have been using the puzzle ribbons or pins fight the ASA on this "trademark."
Yes, the ASA really is an organization that wants to work with other autism organizations. Not.