Normally, if I find a topic on a fellow bloggers page I think needs comment on I would go to their site and leave it there, but I tried that with no success. Elizabeth Scheinberg at Children & Educators First recently posted a story about house bill # 328 which was introduced in the Delaware legislature to improve education for special needs students. The bill has been championed by the Lt. Governor as the state looks to meet the language coming out of a Circuit Court case that was just decided. Ms. Scheinberg took the words out of context of a recent news article in the Dover Post, in which the DSBA executive expressed concerns for the legislation. As a member of the DSBA, Board of Directors, I have worked with Ms. Francis on many issues, and was offended by the inference that Ms Francis and the DSBA were opposed to this bills intent! What was left out of the blog post and news article was the actual language the DSBA has asked legislators to better define before the state finds itself in a law suit. The two new pieces added to existing Title 14 language were:
1. Provides significant learning to the handicapped person; and
2. Confers meaningful benefit on the handicapped person that is gauged to the handicapped person’s potential.
The words bolder above were part of the Circuit Courts final recommendations, but in the courts documents they were left vague as the court did not feel they were the experts to offer opinion on how to measure for each individual. What the DSBA has asked the legislators to do is define the terms and add a measuring device to each so that educators and parents speak the same language. Time and dollars wasted on law suits would be better spent bringing both parties together to find ways to increase all students potential! I stated these same comments on the blog mentioned earlier, but I guess my words did not go in line with the message the owner wanted.