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Special ed focus at Monday SRC meeting

By Paul Socolar on Oct 15, 2012 04:41 PM

[Updated, 9 p.m.] The School Reform Commission devoted its monthly strategy meeting Monday from 6-8 pm  to the topic of special education. The agenda included both District officials and special education advocates, with a staff presentation on the state of special education in the District.

This and other SRC meetings can be watched by live stream. You can also watch SRC meetings live on the District's cable channel, PSTV (Comcast Channel 52 or Verizon Fios Channel 20).


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Comments (5)

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on October 15, 2012 10:53 pm

I was there. An extremely boring meeting. A rehash of special ed history, processes and procedures, a horribly boring recitation of an organizational chart before bored parents and community members.
A few good comments from the public including one from a principal and one from a school nurse.
"Basically, it seemed to me to be a meeting to say "we had a meeting."
Oh yes, and some charts organized by the Boston Consulting Group to suggest that Philadelphia is doing horribly compared to other cities- so let's just give the district away. Still not sure who is out there with a zealous passion to support our special education population.
In all, a very depressing evening.

Submitted by Jack (not verified) on October 16, 2012 5:12 am

I guess the PSD is doing horribly compared with other cities since they laid off school psychologists and counselors. The larger suburban schools have three or four school psychologists per school. The PSD would rather hire consultants than people trained to help kids. I pity the teachers with special ed certs. The brunt of the system falls on them.

Submitted by anonymous (not verified) on October 16, 2012 6:40 am

Also, how about the nurses. Do "the powers that be" have any idea how many times nurses positively influence a special ed students day?

Submitted by Joe (not verified) on October 17, 2012 5:55 pm

Jack----It's not about kids needing an education or therapy or both. It's all about making money anyway, anyhow, anytime and anywhere. We need to stop giving these "reformers" any credibility at any level. They're just carpetbagging snake oil salesmen stumbling over one another ripping off the poor. There ain't no more to it. Do you really think Gordon, Nowak, Gleason, Gamble, Dwight Evans, John Q. Porter et al care about educating poor kids ?? NOT one of them was around before there was money to be made.

Submitted by anderson_pl (not verified) on April 24, 2013 8:57 am
Cześć, Witam wszystkich, chciałem się przedstawić na forum. Miłego dnia życzę.

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