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R-7 School District monitoring confirmed cases of pertussis

Education Week: ACT Finds Most Students Still Not Ready for College

Can cameras protect special-needs kids from abuse? - Houston weather, traffic, news | FOX 26 | MyFoxHouston

Davie School Worker Charged With Child Abuse « CBS Miami

Judge rules in favor of LS R-7, two other cities

Crackdown is likely reason for plummeting scores at St. Louis school : Stltoday

The Florida Districts Most Likely to Seclude Or Restrain Students | StateImpact Florida

Starting School with Autism Spectrum Disorder - Eureka-Wildwood, MO Patch

Education Week: Advocates Raise Concerns on Looming 'Sequester' Cuts

Obama Special Education Chief Calls It Quits - Disability Scoop

Missouri Education Watchdog: Unpacking the Standards

Why I Post Things On Here

I'm sure that you must wonder why I post some of the things that I post.  It is simple.  The things that I post about education are happening in Missouri and in Lee's Summit.  Representative Grisamore is aware of these things.  His constituents have brought them to his attention.  He took that information to the school district in order to gain favor with them.  He traded information to help his political career at the expense of disabled children.

I want the public to know what is happening in their school district and how their legislator is handling it.  While he claims to the be champion for the disabled his record does not reflect it.  There are legislators that are helping.

Senator Kraus filed a bill to change the due process system.  It passed and now parents might finally have a chance of winning in due process.  Senator Rupp filed the restraint and seclusion bill.  He has done a lot for autism.  He actually does what he promises to do.

Representative Grisamore will s…

Florida Keeps Two Sets Of Seclusion Data -- And Why Neither May Tell The Full Story | StateImpact Florida

The Irreplaceables | TNTP

Principals Own the Morale of Teachers - John Wilson Unleashed - Education Week

Missouri Education Watchdog: Is this Teacher's Response the Main Reason Parents Home School?

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund | About

Public Schools Lock Mentally Disabled Children in Closets | Care2 Causes

Campbell Brown Wades Into Debate Over Teachers Unions - NYTimes.com

Advocacy Academy - Learn How to Advocate for Your Child

GUEST COMMENTARY: Parents, students should have choices for school - Columbia Missourian

LRS responds to recent media coverage on seclusion in Ohio's schools | Ohio Legal Rights Service

Special Education Services After High School Uncoordinated, Unmonitored, GAO Finds

Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative

I just received my copy of the Missouri Autism Guidelines Initiative:  Guide to Evidence-based Interventions
It is sponsored by the Thompson Foundation for Autism; the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Missouri Department of Health; the Office of Special Education, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education; and Mercy Children’s Hospital – St. Louis and Springfield.
Here is the part that I want you to pay attention to:
Advisory Committee:
Julie Donnelly, PhD  AUTISM CONSULTANT AND TEACHER, Columbia Public Schools. Provided diagnosis and program planning for students with autism. Taught class within a class and learning disabilities resource room. half-time 1992-93. TEACHER, Delaware Elementary, Springfield, MO. Taught Multi-handicapped students with autism. Organized community based programs, peer integration, structured functional individualized curriculum. Provided alternative and augmentative communication methods and computer use for all through adaptations; 1…

GOP Senate Hopeful: Bullying Bill Unconstitutional Because Kids Don’t Know They’re Gay | The New Civil Rights Movement

Lawsuit: Principal Retaliated Against Family And Bullied Student Hospitalized For PTSD | The New Civil Rights Movement

A New Look at Section 504 and the ADA in Special Education Cases | Children's Rights Litigation | ABA Section of Litigation

Locked Away: Read Seclusion Room Logs From Ohio Schools | StateImpact Ohio

Lee's Summit School District » Information about Kansas City Public Schools loss of accreditation and its impact on Lee’s Summit R-7 schools

How to Avoid Special-Ed Lawsuits | Plog

How to Avoid Special-Ed Lawsuits | Plog

Back in 1998, the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA) annual law seminar included a section titled “Special Education for Early Childhood Autistic Students -- How to Avoid Parent Demands for LOVAAS/TEACH Methodologies.” (In this case “TEACH” is a typo; it’s supposed to be TEACHH, an acronym for Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children.) That program and LOVAAS (named for the doctor who invented it) are now considered among the best methods for teaching young autistic students. The notes on the pictured copy of the law seminar’s program were written by Kansas City attorney Kim Westhusing, who has represented several parents of autistic children in due process cases against metro school districts.

Child Psychological Abuse More Insidious, As Damaging As Other Forms, Pediatricians Say: Report

Child Psychological Abuse More Insidious, As Damaging As Other Forms, Pediatricians Say: Report

Wouldn't it be nice if this report addressed the psychological abuse our children face in their classrooms every day?  I have seen far more abuse in that situation.

A National Issue on the Local Level: Use of Seclusion and Restraint to Control Student Behavior in KC-Area Districts « KC Education Enterprise

A National Issue on the Local Level: Use of Seclusion and Restraint to Control Student Behavior in KC-Area Districts « KC Education Enterprise


Districts for which no information is available include: Basehor-LinwoodCenterLansingLee’s SummitPiperPlatte CountySpring Hill

MO State Auditor's Office

MO State Auditor's Office


Patrick Henry Downtown Academy A rapid response to credible allegations of enrollment and attendance report tampering at Patrick Henry Downtown Academy found numerous discrepancies between the manual attendance records completed by teachers and the official attendance records submitted to the state electronically by the school's office personnel. A school employee testified under oath that the school principal directed her to alter attendance data when entering it into the electronic system. The overwhelming impact of these discrepancies was to inflate attendance, thereby increasing funding and attendance percentages. The principal was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation and hearing.
Many other audits revealed missing monies, but insufficient documentation existed to determine what happened to the funds and/or to support a criminal proceeding.