Diana Lou 
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Re: “Another big plan unveiled to fix the city's schools

At either end of the spectrum, city schools simply keep cutting. The Major Achievement Program, a stand-alone program for gifted children, that operated for years in both the elementary and middle school years, has been eliminated. Special education services are abysmal, especially for parents who are not well-versed in special education regulations. I often wonder why RCSD couldn't open an entire school for students with disabilities. I think there are economies to be found by centralizing these services. Just think, maybe dyslexic students could finally receive Orton Gillingham reading services, delivered with fidelity, by certified instructors. The possibilities are endless if they would think outside the box.

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Posted by Diana Lou on 02/01/2018 at 12:23 AM

Re: “Frustrated board wrestles with special ed

Although early intervention is key, districts must be willing to spend money on scientifically-proven, systematic, explicit, and researched programs, especially in the area of reading. There are few districts, even in the suburbs, that will commit the funds for these programs. Another issue is mainstreaming, which is simply a money-saver for many districts and sped kids never get the appropriate remediation -- just a lot of accommodations, which is not the solution. An entire shift in perspective and outlook would be required and the ability to implement it.

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Posted by Diana Lou on 07/20/2017 at 10:28 AM

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