I just posted this article from an Elementary School Principal in MY school district (but luckily will never get near my child, unless he’s promoted to a higher school in the district):
The attitude of this guy exhibits the very problems of school administrations. On the one hand, he says that full inclusion is not realistic; then, on the other hand, school districts fight tooth and nail to not let kids have services or go to private school placements. What does he propose we do with these children? Just put them in an isolation room and wait for the school year to be over?
Why are people like this in education when they clearly don’t like children or education?
My favorite saying is this: Just as the children didn’t choose to have a disability, the school districts can’t choose to which children they provide services.
Whether you like it or not, this is federal law. Chief Justice Rehnquist made it clear that it is the policy and mandate of the United States to provide FAPE to disabled children. I don’t care that some elementary school principal dislikes that concept; it is the LAW! Maybe we need to go back to using 20 U.S.C. 1416(e) and getting the Secretary of Education to start withholding (and/or recovering) State assistance funds.
Educate our (disabled) children or GET OUT!
(Sorry, every time I read an “article” like this, it makes my blood boil).