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  •  They can't. It's budgetary (6+ / 0-)

    According to a teacher friend of mine, if the school officially brings up that a child might need mental health services, then the school could be on the hook to provide the services.

    On the other hand, we informed the schools that my family has a very strong history of bi-polar disorder and depression and we would be extremely grateful if they would let us know if they saw any indications in either of our kids, so that we could get them treatment.

    •  well, they can (0+ / 0-)

      and they can be fired over it.  They don't have to do the superintendents job for her, they can refer anyone they like.

      The same is true for CPS, any teacher who notices any marks on a child, or excessive fearfulness, or a complete change in personality can call CPS and give their fears and then be done with it. The teacher doesn't have to prove a thing, but social services can't investigate if no one ever tells them.  

      CPS knows how to conduct an investigation and they'll never tell the teacher's name.  

      Sorry, it's too easy to claim that enforcement of budgetary concerns is up to individual teachers. Teachers are there to teach, not to determine if the school district can afford to provide mental health services to a child who isn't able to cope with school society.  Some of those kids will just go on to have a bad time and never get over it, like that kid Mitt Romney chased down, and some are in desperate need of help and help works best when it's started earliest.  

      "oh no, not four more years of hope and change?" Karl Christian Rove

      by anna shane on Tue Dec 18, 2012 at 05:59:23 PM PST

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