Showing posts with label IEP. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IEP. Show all posts

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Who is looking out for the kids?

George Zimmerman not guilty
I know this is a little dramatic, but I've been waiting for a chance to use this GIF!

The Peoria County Regional Office of Education will monitor the installation of the pre-fab, temporary buildings that will be used to accommodate the children District 150 must grant boundary waivers. 

Perhaps the ACLU and/or the NAACP should be monitoring the installation of the students. Keep in mind, only the lowest scoring children were approved (i.e., the most vulnerable), many with IEPs. Already, things appear to be off to a chaotic start. 

The local newspaper reports that the trailers will arrive on Friday and school starts on Monday...

They've hired new staff. They've got new furniture. Now they're waiting for new, temporary classroom buildings.

Prefabricated modular classrooms are expected to arrive next week for installation at Charter Oak Primary and Lindbergh Middle schools. That's Friday, Aug. 16, which gives teachers just a few days to prepare classrooms for teaching.

Despite the tight time schedule, principals at both schools say they expect to be ready for a large influx of new students from other Peoria School District 150 schools by the first day of school, Aug. 19.

NCLB guidelines require school districts to offer students at low-performing schools the choice to transfer to schools that made adequate yearly progress, or AYP, based on state test scores.

Almost 300 families applied for transfers under NCLB guidelines. However, the district was required to place only 230 students at one of the six schools that made AYP. Of those six schools, more than three-fourths of parents selected Charter Oak or Lindbergh as their first choice.

Faced with a combination of more students eligible to apply for the NCLB option and fewer schools meeting AYP, the district chose to add more classrooms and space at Charter Oak and Lindbergh.

Two units of four classrooms each, air-conditioned with hallways, bathrooms and modern equipment such as smartboards.

About 100 students will go to Lindbergh and 75 to Charter Oak, not including new enrollees who moved into the attendance areas, according to the district. Lindbergh ended the 2012-13 school year with about 325 students, Charter Oak with 408.

An assistant principal will be added to the staff of Lindbergh Middle School to help deal with new students whose parents took advantage of the choice to transfer children from low-performing schools under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

New label for angry teens: Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Research confirms the disparities in access to mental health services between African-American and white youth. African-Americans are consistently less likely than their white counterparts to seek out or receive mental health treatment. When it's time for school, schools are often left with the serious task of "diagnosing" what mental health/learning issues students may have.

The result of being diagnosed by schools, more often than not lead to students having Individual Education Plans (IEP). In my opinion a IEP is nothing more than a gerbil wheel; a tracking device that students never seem to shake. The IEP will follow them from K-12, it is a label that limits the student's ability to grow. Unfortunately, in more instances than not, schools push students with IEPs aside, while receiving federal dollars for their special education.

Now there is a new diagnosis for hard to deal with youth, Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED). I shudder to think what schools can and/or will do with this diagnosis. Is the IED diagnosis just another label, or is it something that could bring students who really need help closer to getting the necessary mental health care services?

The condition is characterised by persistent and uncontrollable anger attacks. A new study, based on a household survey of 10,148 young teenagers in the US, found that nearly two thirds had a history of anger attacks involving real or threatened violence.

It also found that one in 12 met strict criteria for a diagnosis of IED. Across the US, that would equate to almost six million individuals.

IED, recognised as an impulse control disorder, usually begins in late childhood and persists through the middle years of life.

To be diagnosed with IED, a person must at any time in life have had three episodes of ''grossly out of proportion'' impulsive aggressiveness.

For the new study, published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry, a more stringent definition of IED was used which ruled out other mental disorders contributing to angry outbursts.

The research also indicated that IED was not being properly treated. Although 37.8 per cent of teenagers with the disorder obtained treatment for emotional problems, only 6.5 per cent were specifically given help with anger management.

Lead researcher Professor Ronald Kessler, from Harvard Medical School in the US, said: ''If we can detect IED early and intervene with effective treatment right away, we can prevent a substantial amount of future violence perpetration and associated psychopathology.''