Special Needs Children Left Without Choices

Florida education centers that serve severely disabled students received ‘F’ grades from the state for 2012

The A-to-F school grading system is a measure of the individual public schools quality.

In an article by, Lauren Roth and Leslie Postal, Orlando Sentinel -

An ‘F’ grade school is required to offer students transfers to better-performing schools. However, the options are very limited when a student has severe disabilities.

“Due to the students’ needs, it’s not as simple as notifying them that they can choose another school.” said Steve Hegarty, spokesman for Hillsborough County schools.

Most of the students take the Florida Alternate Assessment Test, as opposed to the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, but many still struggle. “You are harming these students, and the school and the teachers who work there and the families.” Said The Hillsborough Superintendent.

However, Disability Rights Florida, believes that the grading rules will make sure disabled students get the attention they need. “All students should be expected to make meaningful educational progress, our students’ progress must count, not only because it is the law but because we should want it to count.” said Ann Siegel, managing attorney for the group’s education team.

To read the full article in the Orlando Sentinel, click here.

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