Stop the changes in Ridley SD Special Ed Program

Stop the changes in Ridley SD Special Ed Program

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Nicole Kadan started this petition to Mr. Charles Maiers and

Changes that Ridley School District plan on enacting for the 2019-2020 school year special Learning Support program will prevent children from being in the environment most conductive to their learning. It is imperative the school board reverse the planned reorganization. 

My name is Nicole, and my children are special needs. I watched my daughter struggle, to the point of tears, being in a regular ed classroom. I held her as she cried and called herself stupid because she could not do the same things her classmates could do. I worried seeing how much  it affected her self esteem, putting her in regular ed classroom, and then removing her for special ed services. Calling attention to her differences, leading to embarrassment. I also watched her blossom as she learned and thrived in an environment where she could bond with her true peers over their similar struggle and how these children lifted each other up as each of them met exceeded new goals. I gained a sense of hope witnessing the love Mrs. H has for these children, the patience, the individual attention each child receives that they would not have in a regular ed classroom. I am not saying that regular ed teachers lack the same care and compassion Mrs. H has. What I am uncertain of is of the training they may not have to teach special ed children specifically. 

This is why I strongly urge the board to reconsider their reorganization of the special ed program.  I want children who are like my own to have the same opportunity to learn in the way my children have. The problem with the changes is the idea that equality and equity are the same. To define equality we have to look at the adjective equal. Equal, as defined by Merriam Webster dictionary is, of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another; like for each member of a group, class, or society. So, we could put all kids who belong in Kindergarten by state standards, in the same classroom. Doing so would be treating them equally. The problem in that lies in the fact that not all children are equal in their abilities. This is where equity factors in. Equity is giving each child what they need to succeed. I understand that why children have IEP's. The question I'm asking is, beyond the IEP are we looking at the impact that mainstreaming our special ed students will undoubtedly have? Why were all parents not given the opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns instead of making decisions based on the opinion of "select parents"? Where is the data they claim to have used? These changes must be stopped! 

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