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  •  Do you really, truly, believe that child should be (0+ / 0-)

    in school?  If there are not alternatives, there should be.  

    •  What is the difference? (2+ / 0-)
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      Sandy on Signal, Smoh

      There still has to be effort and money put into these children.  Who cares where it is? I do not accept that some children aren't worth it.

      Everyone! Arms akimbo!

      by tobendaro on Thu May 09, 2013 at 05:39:34 PM PDT

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      •  I imagine there is a difference (1+ / 0-)
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        Schools are for giving children an education.  Sad as it is some children do not have adequate cognitive ability to learn at a school.  Schools, teachers, and academic resources are all over-stretched as it is.  I am merely suggesting that if a child is never, ever, going to be able to learn what is intended to be taught in a school, then there should be alternative settings where they can be helped to have the best life they can.  

        The money and staff and facilities and tax payer dollars do in fact matter.  If alternatives are available that are going to be just as suitable given the child's condition then those might make sense.

        •  Disagree with you, be skeptical (4+ / 0-)
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          elfling, Smoh, tobendaro, FloridaSNMOM

          60 years ago, Tennessee law said it was illegal to educate the mentally disabled because it was a waste of tax payer money.  A friend of ours challenged that law and it was overturned.  
          We now see mentally disabled adults and senior citizens, and they are productive members of society.  60 years ago, those children with disabilities did not thrive and would die in childhood rarely did they make it to 20.  Even the most severe disabled like those needing light therapy, etc... deserves a chance.   Time will show it is money well spent.

          War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.- Ambrose Bierce

          by Sandy on Signal on Thu May 09, 2013 at 06:17:31 PM PDT

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          •  In PA about 16 years ago, (2+ / 0-)
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            tobendaro, lurkyloo

            the plan was provide all child services through the schools. Dentist, pediatrician, psychologist, anything you can think of. It makes optimum use of the facility, everyone with pertinent information is on campus, the child is in a comfortable setting. It really made sense, so of course, it never happened.

            Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

            by Smoh on Fri May 10, 2013 at 04:26:37 AM PDT

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        •  It's an accounting issue (2+ / 0-)
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          FloridaSNMOM, lurkyloo

          more than anything else. Schools work hard to take appropriate measures with these kids and they have specially trained people to oversee them. You could, and probably should, pay for much of this care as health care, but in the end the taxpayers still pay and it probably would not cost any less.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Thu May 09, 2013 at 10:41:12 PM PDT

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    •  He is on Home Instruction. (0+ / 0-)

      I go to his home after I am finished with work at the building with my classroom.

      "There must be more to life than having everything" -Maurice Sendak

      by lilypew on Fri May 10, 2013 at 06:38:59 PM PDT

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