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  1. Eugene Kriegsmann Member

    In listening to the description of the Parkland shooter and the response of the school district to him prior to the shooting, I have to say that the school district is not unique in terms of its response to disturbed students. The entire trend of special education has been to reintegrate sped students into the general ed program. Keeping sped students in self contained programs without “contact classes” has been heavily discouraged and required a good deal of justification in the Individual Educational Program (IEP) in order to be done. This despite the extensive documentation needed in order to get a student placed into a self contained (level 4) classroom for Emotionally/Behaviorally Disabled students. The impetus to this was House Bill 90 which passed sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s. In the 40 years I taught in a self contained special education program for EBD students I repeatedly had to fight administrators, building and special education, over the need to keep a particular student in a self contained environment. This was nothing unique to Broward County or Seattle Schools. It is a national trend which has been happening for nearly 30 years. In my last year of teaching I was assaulted by a student who had been expelled from several schools for assaulting teachers or other staff, but whose teacher folder had no mention of the assaults. It has been sanitized. Nothing was mentioned about his assaultive behaviors during his intake. Following his suspension for assaulting me his mother was shocked to hear that I had not been told to expect this behavior. The sanitizing was done by middle level special education administrators as a matter of normal operating procedure.

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    • January 12, 2019, at 9:20 AM PDT
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  2. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Absolutely fascinating and scary. How in the world are we ever going to bring common sense back to our schools in this country?

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    • January 12, 2019, at 1:57 PM PDT