Disabled Children & No Child Left Behind: White Collar Crime
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by Elizabeth's Mom
One of the my child’s advocates early on suggested reading a book called, “The Child That Never Grew” by Pearl Buck. What is so remarkable about Pearl Buck’s journey to find permanent housing for her daughter’s atypical needs is how the public “mental” institutions which was the only housing available at the time, looked similar to the way our public schools are run today. Her description of how American's perceive adults with disabilities and their place in the world in the 1950s looks remarkably the same way we view them today.
My child’s need and other children with atypical needs cannot be “warehoused” in public schools where they are “rolled” in and out of classrooms at what is considered “appropriate” and “inappropriate” times and then used as instrument to be measured once or three times a week because of what is written their Individualized Education Plan or IEP. They are children first.
“No Child Left Behind” legislation stole away from my daughter her right to a free public education guaranteed by The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA laws established in 1974 by enforcing curriculum guidelines into her IEP among other things which is illegal. It also serves as the future “green light” for her to be pulled in and out of a typical classroom at someone else's will.
It is this IDEA 1974 law that safeguards her rights to receive an appropriate education based on her atypical needs and “No Child Left Behind“ legislation that takes this right away from her. The Frederick A. Breyer School was a school that served kids in the community with atypical needs through their atypical classrooms; it was a school where children were allowed to be children first, not instruments to be measured. It was a school that offered therapies for children with severe disabilities to develop independent life-skills according to each child's need which takes time, patience, and focus. It has been closed by the MR/dd Superintendent and Board and these services will be lost forever to children in our community.
When I read from e-mail transmission from a tax levy review committee member that it was MR/dd who suggested “(i) closing one of three adult education centers and (ii) shifting some of the MR/dd-provided services to children onto the respective school districts“; and when I became personally involved in the carnival of politics and associated business that determined where my child goes to school, how her classroom should look, and what therapies she should receive, it is at most a very sad commentary of corrupted and failed local, state, and federal government.
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Post, Cincinnati WCPO-TV and other television news stations refused to investigate what qualifications"Maximus," the Columbus, Ohio company, hired by the Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee, had to determine how special education classrooms for severely disabled children should look like and how services should be rendered to children with severe disabilities. Furthermore, the Cincinnati media did a terrible disservice to all our children with disabilities by failing to report to the public exactly who was responsible for closing the school or asking why MR/dd administration denied this information to their clients and Hamilton County property owners by hiding it as "continuing children services" on compaign cards until after the Mental Retardation tax levy was passed. Why in April in 2005 there was still discussion with Bev Smith and PTA personnel about options still being considered? Why the school principals and teachers were not allowed to comment on "the reasons" for closing the school, and why MR/dd refused to consider the available "financial" alternatives and solutions to keeping the school open.
The media fell short of investigative reporting by refusing to look at the attempted MR/dd school closing in 1997 and why suddenly it was okay to close one in 2006 based on "declining" attendance -- a manipulation in its worse form due to the fact that from 1997 until 2004 parents like me were told by CPS teachers that the therapeutic services offered through MR/dd schools were not available because "they were working to capacity." No statistics were gathered as to why so many children with serious disabilities and developmental delays are "homeschooled" or why so many parents do not know about MR/dd services.
An even sadder commentary is how some of our children remain only a footnote in history when their freedoms are taken away while others are allowed to make history with their freedoms that are bought and sold for them. When a government places the needs of its own children into “stipulations” then it is no longer a government for the people.
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