Listening to every heart
Only knowing the local school system here from the viewpoint of having worked for an attorney who was the lead counsel for the district, all I can say, again [and with some qualified certainty] that indeed, we most likely do not have all of the facts.
If the media were to ever look at a news story truly from a legal aspect, I suspect a lot more of us would be reading less "flash point news" articles and spending a lot more time watching Nascar, golf, or baseball on the weekends [while we ladies would probably get a whole lot more done with family and writing, in whichever priority we prefer.]
As a personal comment, I am sick to being detered from reading/listening/watching the news much, anymore. Flash points are indeed what are given, and the most we can expect is that they will [and sometimes will not] name the correct parties involved, let alone know the facts that NEED to be reported until AFTER it has become a huge issue.
As for the schools' rules and regs - they have so many groups pulling for all sorts of accomodations - and not that they shouldn't be given - but for every new accommodation made, that is more money literally being taken away from the original requirement that schools were set up for to begin with - to teach! The public argues against the raising of taxes - but without those dollars, the legitimate, special needs of individuals will continue to erode a school's original purpose. [By the way, that is NOT sports.]
For anyone who wishes to continue this conversation with facts, then that person indeed ought to go and find out the "rest of the story" behind this young lady's situation. Personally, I know that most responsibile folk in the education and administration of such systems are completely aware of the various and multiple laws they have to deal with each day, and I am also fairly sure that they indeed gave a lot of thought to this particular situation.
If I sound a bit embittered over this, I am. I have seen various families whose child's medical needs have nearly bankrupted local districts. Instead of working with the system, or improving the system, they just attacked it because their special child wasn't getting the same treatment as every other child.
Jim, please do not misunderstand me. I feel all children need to be given the chance to be enrolled and have adequate help necessary to their child's needs. And I do not know the severity of your child's needs, so I am not in any way saying that your child doesn't belong in the public school system. What I am saying, however, is that there are several families out there whose children do NOT belong in the public school system because that very system is being used for nothing more than a babysitting service, as some of those children need assistance that goes far BEYOND what public schooling can supply. But they [the school systems] are set up, and in two or three years, when their child hasn't advanced "as we have been told by other authorities that s/he should have!" then all I can say is, parents, please place your children where they WILL be able to receive one on one education. The public school system is going to be damaged severely by the "special" demands that [I feel] are being placed on their educators.
Jim, as I said, this is in no way being said with regard to your own child's special interests. If you remember, several years ago I sent you some information on special education needs/requirements. It has been since then that I have seen those with "special needs" simply drain the system.
I've half a mind to delete this, but I'm going to let the comments stand. I do not particularly like confrontation or arguments of any kind, but I truly feel you are all battling a war that need not be fought simply because - I am sure that we have NOT been presented with all of the facts. Until we have them, let's not assume things of which we have no knowledge.
Speculate all you will - but do it by looking at all possibilities.
End of rant.
[This message has been edited by Sunshine (05-28-2005 09:28 PM).]