As the parents of Autistic Children ask for more one-on-one help in the classroom, the parents of the regular kids want more one-on-one computer training realizing that the job market will require computer skills, all this at a time when many school districts are cutting in those departments too. Often, school board meetings turn into cat fights, as the parents act more like ADHD children in war of words. And if that is not bad enough consider that many school districts get much of their funding from property taxes, and we all know about the housing sub-prime lending crisis, foreclosures and the drop in property values.
Another huge issue is one of special education lawyers who have developed practices suing schools and staff for their handling of IDEA Law of 2004. A good book you should read is; “Educating Children with Autism” sponsored by US Department of Education. Now school districts and staff are so busy with CYA paperwork, and parents of Autistic kids so careful with what they say and what they sign, there is now a barrier of communication between the two, which does not do much to help the Autistic kids. The adversarial issues are not helping the situation much, although there are two sides to the story with rational and plausible deniability for all.
As the school districts are forced to comply with the burdensome laws and provide “appropriate education for all” there is enough ambiguity in the word appropriate to tie up the education of any child in the modern court system and provide countless billable hours for any attorney that specializes in special education causes. But the parents of Autistic Children have rights like any other parent and they do not want their child thrown under the bus, can you blame them?
What if it was your child?”
Asks one single mom at a recent local school board meeting, with the support and cheers of all the parents with kids in special education classes; many with kids in regular classes too. More money will have to be allotted in order to satisfy the law and the parents of Autistic kids, a group that can be very vocal when pushed around or backed into a corner.
Still, we also see our schools in crisis, as teacher attrition rates climb, and shortages are occurring. The average attrition rate for new teachers is 50% in the first five years and there are in many places of shortage of special education teachers, who must go through much more intensive studies to get their credentials. Some see all these converging problems as a perfect storm, one that challenges the very backbone of our civilization; the flow of education.
Ref: Ellaine Godtachs Life’s work might further explain and you might wish to look up her video online.