Remove Ella Bell from her position on the Alabama State Board of Education (SBOE)

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Alabama State Board of Education (SBOE) member Ella Bell wants to know why we can't force special needs children into an institution in an effort to help improve test scores in Alabama's public schools. She even said, "It's almost not fair for LAMP (Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery) and them not to have special-ed folk to bring them down."

Alabama has a process for building out IEPs consistent with LRE requirements. The underlying idea is that our students are better off in the classroom together. The idea that a SBOE member would even seriously ask the question about returning to a practice of institutionalization demonstrates a tragic lack of knowledge and thoughtfulness.

Either we don't have enough information about our SBOE members to hold them accountable, or we simply don't care about the people shaping our state's education environment.

Souce: Cameron Smith columnist for AL.com



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