The Rochester City School District students with disabilities population is 18%, nearly four times the national average of 4.8%. The district’s special ed population supports the funding for nineteen different Not-for-profit organizations.
While the numbers of individuals with physical disabilities such as hearing, speech, and eye impairment have remained, for the most part, unchanged since 1976, the number of individuals classified with disabilities that are subject to perceptive reasoning such as, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, developmental delay and other health impaired, have increased dramatically. The number of other health impaired classifications rose from a low of 55 individuals in 1990-91 to 714 individuals in 2010-11.
It is the shame of every American to have allowed corporations to create and increase a profitable $77.2 billion dollar market that capitalizes on the educational failure of our children by concentrating on the perceived disabilities of an individual instead of discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents that every child possesses.
It is the shame of the Rochester City School District that it chooses to succumb to the money offered to maintain the discriminatory, segregationist system of education that forces our children into the school to prison pipeline remanding them to a lifetime of low self-esteem, low self-worth, and lack of self-confidence.
It is a shame that an institution that should be committed to providing every child with a developmentally appropriate, arts based, experiential education that recognizes and respects every culture in every neighborhood and every school community, prides itself on forcing its students and staff to adhere to a standardized schedule and curriculum, provided by the corporations that profit from the educational failure of our children.
When the members of the Board of Education for the Rochester City School District petition the state to change the language of its education policies and procedures so that they reflect a recognition and respect for the gifts and talents that every member of the school community adds to the fabric of America, then we will know that they believe what they say when they advertise, “We will treat every child like one of our own.”
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