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Stop forcing special education students to clean up our schools

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I’m 15 years old and go to high school in the Dubuque Community School District in Iowa. Recently, I noticed something that really bothered me: special education students being used as janitorial staff. Allegedly without pay, the school district forces the special education students to clean up the lunch room and handle all the recycling around the school. This really hit home for me because my brother has special needs.

These are students with disabilities having to clean up after kids who are more than capable of cleaning up after themselves. If there is a need for people to do janitorial cleaning, the school district should hire more custodians, not force the special education students to do it.

I started this petition as a way to let the Dubuque Community School District know this is wrong and ask them to put an end to the use of special needs students doing janitorial work.

I heard it said this helps the kids learn a sense of work ethic. All it does is single them out to do free work that would normally be handled by a paid professional. Work ethic is also about making the choice to do a job and be responsible. These students don’t have a choice and are cleaning up after others when they should be in class learning and being treated as equals.

This must change and it starts with us. Please stand with the special needs students of Dubuque Community School District -- Demand the school district stop its use of special needs students to do janitorial work.



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