The British Island of Misfit…. Kids
Source: UK Guardian: There is a growing unregistered sector due to the lack of places for children in alternative care.
“The big question for me is: what happened out there?
“Have children suddenly behaved worse?”
—British Education Officer
By Anne Dachel – Visit Loss of Brain Trust for thousands of childhood death accounts.
As I went through the stories for the past week, one really caught my eye.
On November 5th the Guardian ran the story “Written off – at five”: children in England dumped in unsuitable “schools”.
This situation seems inevitable as the population with special needs continues to grow.
The guard reported that disabled children excluded from regular special programs are placed in inferior “schools” Ofsted Officer.
(Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education in Great Britain)
Some at-risk children who are excluded from mainstream education are educated in unregulated and illegal schools in trailers on farmland, as well as in industrial and commercial areas, Ofsted inspectors told the Guardian, in an effort to lift the lid on a bleak world.
… alternative supply (AP) for children who cannot be placed in the mainstream school is complex and growing….
The landscape becomes even more murky when excluded children are referred to overbooked school placement agencies. They can then be subcontracted to an unregistered organization. It means that restless and challenging children, some as young as five years old, are sent to “schools” in unsuitable accommodation with unskilled staff and may receive little education.
There are people who see this situation as an opportunity to make money.
And a lot of money changes hands. When a child has an educational, health and care plan for severe special needs, large sums of money can follow with annual fees of £ 30,000 [$40K] or even more can be paid by the municipalities to private providers.
“Why have we gotten into a situation where some of the most vulnerable children are cared for or raised by people who are unlikely to be as qualified as regular teachers?” Said Shafiee.
“What will happen to you? If you end up in an illegal or unregistered AP at a very young age, what are your chances? …
This makes the future look pretty bleak as schools struggle to accommodate more and more dysfunctional children.
Part of this story is going to go unnoticed, I’m sure, but it really is the crux of the problem.
An Ofsted official asked these seemingly rhetorical questions:
“The big question for me is: what happened out there?
Do children suddenly behave badly?
What has fundamentally changed, which means that more children are going to APs and children in elementary schools are increasingly going to APs?
Because this area is so opaque, we just don’t know. “
We must seriously address these questions.
The truth is, yes, children have changed. That’s what happens when they’re exposed to unprecedented levels of brain-altering toxins, especially unsafe, untested vaccines.
No one will admit that, of course, although we can see the evidence everywhere.
Meanwhile, the decline is making the news.
San Francisco: Special education creates a “huge budget deficit”.
This is the word that is often used to describe the path the San Francisco Unified School District must take to fix its huge budget deficit and avoid a state takeover.
And the pain will be especially intense for children with special needs according to a schedule released by the district staff this week …
The district needs to cut $ 125 million, about 10% of its budget, to balance its books for the next academic year.
Teachers are not happy about cuts.
“I’m amazed and terrified by the idea of cutting back on special education,” said Chris Clauss, a special education teacher at George Washington High School, during a public comment. “My colleagues are already overwhelmed.” …
Nationwide, the cost of special schools increased by 28% to $ 13 billion between 2007 and 2017.
Green Bay, W.I: An editorial criticized the practice of using ordinary Ed money for special editors.
The recently approved Green Bay School District budget calls for a transfer of more than $ 33 million from the general fund to cover special education costs.
Why this is happening is inexcusable and must stop. …
To fill the gap, which is roughly $ 1 billion in Wisconsin, districts are transferring funds to general education to cover special education.
So Green Bay will move $ 63 million in two years.
Incredibly, while there are MORE disabled children, the number of students in schools in Wisconsin is falling.
You might think that as the number of students declines in general, there would be a corresponding decrease in special education students.
You would be wrong
As the total number of students in Wisconsin has decreased over the past decade, the percentage of students with an IEP has actually increased. This means that a greater percentage of children in public schools now require specialized services mandated by the federal government.
Green Bay added 80 students to its special education program this year. …
In Bloomfield, Iowa, the district has hired “Social and Emotional Specialists” to help teachers “who are overwhelmed with the needs of students and try to teach at the same time”.
Aurora, IL: Aurora University recently opened the Betty Parke Tucker Center for Neurodiversity “complete with a newly built, state-of-the-art dormitory designed to support college students on the autism spectrum.”
The BBC announced last week that only 22% of autistic adults are employed.
In the same reporting, readers were told:
An estimated one in seven people in the UK is neurodivergent, this includes people with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, the autism spectrum and other neurological functions.
This silent acceptance of neurologically disabled people should frighten everyone. “Neurodivergent” is a red herring designed to downplay the severity of what is happening and to keep each of us from expressing real concern about what is happening.
UK: Warwickshire Parents protested against the district council for failing to support disabled students.
Tracy Winchester, who repeatedly called for more support for children like her two sons, who are both autistic, led a group of parents to County Hall prior to an inspection.
“In some ways, things seem worse than they were in 2018, and the small improvements noted by some families seem completely overshadowed in other cases by continued utter disregard for children’s needs …”
UK: Derbyshire Residents must wait 3 years for autism ratings.
The data released by the Trust at the meeting shows that 1,312 people are waiting for an Autism Spectrum Disorder assessment.
UK: Kingston will have a new autism school by 2023.
This will allow 90 places for four to 19 year olds and be a special free school. The land will be available for symbolic lease for 125 years.
Great Britain: Kirklees The council will build two new special schools – one for autistic students only.
The council is building the new centers to increase the number of special education places in the district and to prevent children and young people outside of Kirklees from having to attend an average placement cost of £ 58,000 [$79K] – annual cost of £ 8 million per year.
The demand for school places is expected to increase from 63 to 132 at Joseph Norton Academy and from 12 to 179 at Woodley over the next two years.
UK: Leeds has seen a “dramatic increase” in demand for SPED plans, with the number rising from 2,041 in 2014 to 5,006 at the time of writing.
“This increase is expected to continue …”
The accusation was raised that “children with low achievements” are forced into SPED so that they are not part of the “performance figures” of the school.
Great Britain: North East received $ 270 million in special editing grants.
Great Britain: Wyre Special school expands to the second location.
The satellite supply to be created in Northfold will be operated within the scope of Red Marsh, which is oversubscribed with its 94 seats currently.
The school is aimed at children and adolescents between the ages of two and 19 with severe, profound, and multiple learning disabilities and autism spectrum conditions.
Canada: British Columbia Outdated Autism Support and Parents Are Concerned. One family quoted spent 7 years getting help for their autistic son.
Ireland: Wicklow Minister “welcomed” the addition of another SPED classroom.
Wicklow Minister Simon Harris has welcomed the news and says the school expanded its special education enrollment before the expansion.