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First School Town Hall Meeting Filled With Frustration

Kindergarteners are NOT 'toddlers'....they are learning to read and prepare to pass the state mandated exams. Kindergarten teachers are NOT going to be able to prepare these young learners for our demanding tests. They are NOT going to be able to KNOW these students well enough to provide the learning experiences kindergarteners require. Did anyone consider that S.A.I. is also being put on these teachers...this means that all kids with special needs are now being placed into general education classrooms and those general education teachers need to be able to teacher all 30 kids with and without disabilities. Its a fabulous model, but are gen ed K teachers ready to take on all of this? Do they have the training and support....NO NO NO they don't. In fact, the reality is that they are currently so fed up with their current situation, that they can't even BEGIN to accept or process the information/training necessary to adequately support students with special needs. We have a lot to think about.

Fortunately, the CA gov't just passed a bill to provide more money to charter schools. Perhaps this money can produce a school that is capable of educating kindergarteners in a fully inclusive atmosphere while adequately preparing them for the demands of our rigorous school programs.

December 12, 2009 at 8:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )