Staffroom Confidential: Class composition: a human rights perspective

Christy Clark enraged teachers and surprised many when she tweeted that class composition was one of her primary concerns. Those of us working in schools who have for twelve long years been trying to bring this issue into the public discourse thought: well, it’s about time. It was over twenty years ago that Charter rights ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: JAMA Study: $2.4 Milliion (US) Lifetime Cost of Care for Person with Autism and Intellectual Disability

JAMA study points out US lifetime costs of care for a person with autism disorder and intellectual disability will approximate $2.4 million US (ASD W/Out ID #1.4 million). For children special education and parental productivity loss were largest cost components. For adults residential care, supportive living accommodation individual productivity loss and much higher productivity costs ...

Staffroom Confidential: Thoughts on parent advocacy and the Moore decision: guest post

Today’s post is from David Komljenovic, in Kamloops: The Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Moore case creates a framework of advocacy for parents of children with special needs (and I am one). Often parents find school boards obstinate when more support is requested despite good reasons for providing them. I am hopeful that this decision ...

Staffroom Confidential: The slow death of special education

The last decade has been bad for special education – services for those students with identified disabilities (learning, intellectual, or physical). In response to court victories requiring inclusion – the policy that all children should be integrated as much as possibly into the main stream classroom setting – a framework was developed in most jurisdictions ...