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CPS removes special-ed teacher after abuse complaints from parents - Chicago Sun-Times

CPS removes special-ed teacher after abuse complaints from parents - Chicago Sun-Times


A special-education teacher at Finkl Elementary School in the Little Village community has been removed from her classroom, Chicago Public Schools confirmed Tuesday — with the move coming after parents of her students complained of physical abuse against their children. Luis Murillo said his 7-year-old autistic son had kept coming home from school with bruises on his body since early in the school year. The school told him it was from children fighting, Murillo said. The child also returned home with the knees of his pants ripped out, as if he had been pulled across the ground. The boy cannot speak but started drawing this year, and he drew like crazy with colored markers on lined paper in a binder: Pictures of stick-figure children looking scared and sad, saying “no.” Tall stick figure women — three of them — with angry brows and giant teeth. A stick figure saying “help.” “Every time he drew, we just t…

Missouri Senators Bring Campaign to Stop Federal Education Standards to Chesterfield - Ladue-Frontenac, MO Patch

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Missouri Senators Bring Campaign to Stop Federal Education Standards to Chesterfield - Ladue-Frontenac, MO Patch


Missouri Senators Bring Campaign to Stop Federal Education Standards to ChesterfieldRepublican senators Brian Nieves and John Lamping will host an event tonight featuring several speakers on the "Common Core" standards--what they are calling a federal takeover of education. By Frank JohnsonEmail the author5:35 am Email Print 2 Comments

Marysville parent claims special ed student put in closet for 'timeout' - Marysville Globe

Marysville parent claims special ed student put in closet for 'timeout' - Marysville Globe

Lee's Summit has done and told the press that it was a perfectly legitimate action.


MARYSVILLE — A claim that a special education second-grader was put in a closet for a closed-door "timeout" earlier in April has resulted in two special education staff members, a teacher and an educational aide, being placed on paid administrative leave from Marshall Elementary until further notice. Although Marysville School District Assistant Superintendent Gail Miller was unavailable for further comment as of April 23, she released a statement the same day explaining that the district is currently investigating a parent's allegation that a closet was used as a "timeout" room for a student in one of the self-contained classes at Marshall Elementary. "Any use of a timeout room for students with an IEP requires that policy, procedures and the law must be followed," Mill…

Contact Your Legislators and Tell Them That Our Children Deserve an Education

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Regardless of what our school district is saying I would like to see everyone contact their legislators and tell them that EVERY child DESERVES an education.  This would include those that do not want to attend school at this district.  It is harmful for some students to go to school and they should not be DENIED an education because this district doesn't want to lose money.  Have they not ruined enough lives already?  Do they believe that our legislators need to make a law to allow them to destroy more?

R-7 ADVOCACY   April 22, 2013

Dear Friend of Lee's Summit R-7 schools,

We always hesitate to send two 'Advocacy' e-newsletters in one day but are sending a second issue tonight due to an urgent legislative update. The following comes from Dr. McGehee, R-7 superintendent, with a request to contact your Missouri representative RIGHT AWAY.

Please call your representative NOW and let him/her know that you want your elected rep to vote NO on House Bill 470 when it comes to…

Public Corruption

Public Corruption
Why It’s Our #1 Criminal Priority

03/26/10

Public corruption is a breach of trust by federal, state, or local officials—often with the help of private sector accomplices. It’s also the FBI’s top criminal investigative priority. To explain why the Bureau takes public corruption so seriously and how we investigate, we talked with Special Agent Patrick Bohrer, assistant section chief of our Public Corruption/Civil Rights program at FBI Headquarters. Question: Why is public corruption so high on the FBI’s list of investigative priorities? 
Answer: Because of its impact. Corrupt public officials undermine our country’s national security, our overall safety, the public trust, and confidence in the U.S. government, wasting billions of dollars along the way. This corruption can tarnish virtually every aspect of society. For example, a border official might take a bribe, knowingly or unknowingly letting in a truck containing weapons of mass destruction. Or corrupt state legislator…

District Opposes Virtual Schools

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Jeff Grisamore Not: District Opposes Virtual Schools


Too many of our students are dropping out of school, being home schooled, or are being sent to private schools because this district can not or will not provide the education and services that they need.  Now they want to limit our students ability to get an education.  It is all or nothing to them.  We MUST send our children to their school or they do not deserve an education.  I'd never send my children back to their schools and I am demanding that our legislators provide alternatives for our children.

"says nothing of the fact that it is bad for students to receive their entire education online without the interaction with other students, teachers and people." Interaction with other students and teachers nearly destroyed my son.


Subject:[R7advocacy] Please consider contacting your representative about House Bill 470 (open enrollment), update on how our reps voted on House Bill 631 (teacher tenure and evaluations) and r…

Lawsuit against Ca DOE for systematic failure of disabled children continues - National special education | Examiner.com

Lawsuit against Ca DOE for systematic failure of disabled children continues - National special education | Examiner.com


Lawsuit against Ca DOE for systematic failure of disabled children continues·SPECIAL EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS ·APRIL 9, 2013 A federal district judge in Sacramento has denied a motion by the California Department of Education (CDE) to dismiss a lawsuit brought by two parent associations on behalf of children with disabilities. (Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Ass’n v. Calif. Department of Educ (U.S. Dist. Ct., Eastern Dist., Calif. No. 2:11-cv-3471-KJM-AC)). The parents have charged the department with systematically failing to assure that their children receive a free appropriate public education (FAPE) as required by federal and state law. The Court’s ruling of March 29 means the plaintiffs’ case may move forward. Plaintiffs’ lead counsel Rony Sagy, of San Francisco’s Sagy Law Associates called the ruling “an important breakthrough for California children with specia…

Autistic man beaten by caregiver highlights increasing safety issues - Chicago Autism & Parenting | Examiner.com

Autistic man beaten by caregiver highlights increasing safety issues - Chicago Autism & Parenting | Examiner.com


This kind of abuse has become very normal for children and adults with autism in the public school system, residential centers and by many hired caregivers.  How are we supposed to keep our children and adults with autism safe in a world that does not understand them and is quick to abuse them?  And most abusers get away with it.Autistic man beaten by caregiver highlights increasing safety issuesApril 10, 2013http://www.examiner.com/article/autistic-man-beaten-by-caregiver-highlights-increasing-safety-issues
Autism parents often worry about how teachers, counselors, and other caregivers treat their children when mom or dad isn't around. This is especially true for parents of nonverbal kids, who are unable to advocate for themselves in many situations. The nightmare of abuse at the hands of caregivers was realized by one family this week. NBC 7 news in San Diego report…

Lawmakers debate Common Core funding » Top Stories » The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Jeff Grisamore Not: Lawmakers debate Common Core funding » Top Stories » The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


Maybe our lawmakers are happy that we are 47th in the country and don't want to live up to the standards of other states.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Republicans in the Missouri General Assembly have proposed legislation that could limit or bar the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education from implementing Common Core State Standards in the state.

The Missouri Republican Party’s official opposition to the plan began last June, when at their convention the delegates passed a resolution opposing Common Core Standards.

State Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Joplin, said while he sees education as a priority of state government, he does not want to accept some national standards.

“The education of our children is a priority of mine. Ensuring that we are truly educating them is the responsibility of our local school boards. Local control is important to me,” Davis said last week.

The iss…

Lee’s Summit R-VII School District Aquatic Center

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Jeff Grisamore Not: Lee’s Summit R-VII School District Aquatic Center - Award Winners, Education Projects, Control Systems - Aquatics International Page 1 of 3


They do not use this center for aquatic therapy.  Wouldn't that be a great way to help their disabled students. 

Find out why aquatic therapy can benefit children with: 

• ADHD 
• Apraxia 
• Asperger syndrome 
• Auditory processing difficulties 
• Autism Spectrum Disorder 
• Cerebral palsy 
• Chromosomal abnormalities 
• Developmental dyspraxia 
• Down Syndrome 
• Gross motor delays 
• Hemiparesis 
• Hemiplegia 
• Hodgkins lymphoma 
• Hydrocephalus 
• Hypotonia 
• Issues associated with premature birth 
• Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis 
• Lack of core strength 
• Language disabilities 
• Learning disabilities 
• Motor planning issues 
• Multiple sclerosis 
• Muscular dystrophy 
• Periventricular leukomalacia 
• Pervasive Developmental Disorder 
• Rett syndrome