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Old 09-29-2010, 07:31 PM
 
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I don't know how many of you saw the story in 2008 of Alex Barton who was *voted out of his kindergarten class* with the teacher providing the horrible experiences.

This is the original story
Teacher lets Morningside students vote out classmate, 5 TCPalm.com

Many of us wrote emails and letters and called the school and Ms. Portillo was suspended for a year and stripped of her tenure. The school board, however, relented and they reinstated her after a hearing.

Well, it looks like she should have been fired outright. Here's the newest story of the teachers in that school including Ms. Portillo

Teacher who kicked 5 year old autistic out of class now refused to wear mike for deaf child - National special education | Examiner.com

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Now, in the latest case, a report from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights found evidence that Portillo and two other teachers discriminated against a girl with a hearing impairment at Allapattah Flats K-8 School in Port St Lucie.

The teachers were supposed to wear a microphone whenever the girl was in their classroom, so she could hear them. But the girl claimed sometimes they did not wear it.

Allegations listed in the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights report:

"That one teacher never wore the microphone and screamed and yelled at the student to pay closer attention."
One teacher wore the microphone, but did not turn it on, and "laughed sarcastically in the face of the student".
Federal investigators found, "The weight of the evidence establishes that the microphone was not being used by all three teachers consistently every day".
The district has been ordered to provide re-training for Portillo and the other two teachers. However the mother has already removed her daughter from the school.

One can only hope that these teachers get their credentials revoked, especially Portillo.
Dorothy
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Old 09-29-2010, 09:43 PM
 
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That is ridiculous and cruel. These are supposed to be educated people? How awful for these children to be subjected to this sort of treatment by people that are supposed to be helping them.
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Old 09-29-2010, 10:51 PM
 
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Why should the teachers have to be inconvenienced and go beyond what would be their normal job duties to help this one student? The student should be wearing hearing aids, the teachers shouldn't have to have to listen to themselves on a loudspeaker all day.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:46 AM
 
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Why should the teachers have to be inconvenienced and go beyond what would be their normal job duties to help this one student? The student should be wearing hearing aids, the teachers shouldn't have to have to listen to themselves on a loudspeaker all day.
Hearing aids do not work for all kids. The teachers do not have to *listen to themselves on a loudspeaker all day* to use the fm system. It goes directly to the student. They can turn it off when they are out of the classroom, but they need to use it when the student is in their class. Aside from that it was in her IEP. Legally, they should be doing what the law says they are to do. Or do you believe that teachers are *above the law?* This is part of their job.

With a Hearing Aid, a Hearing-Impaired Child Can Hear as Well as You - False!
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:17 AM
 
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It's ridiculous for classroom teachers to be expected to jump through hoops for individual students when there are 20 or so in each class. So many parents have gotten on the IEP bandwagon, there are few kids left who aren't on one.

There is a reason there is a difference between an elementary ed degree and a special ed degree. It seems that it is expected that every teacher be a special ed teacher.

When is the madness going to stop? If you have a special ed student, that student should be in special ed classrooms to accommodate his/her needs. PERIOD.
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:42 AM
 
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It's ridiculous for classroom teachers to be expected to jump through hoops for individual students when there are 20 or so in each class. So many parents have gotten on the IEP bandwagon, there are few kids left who aren't on one.

There is a reason there is a difference between an elementary ed degree and a special ed degree. It seems that it is expected that every teacher be a special ed teacher.

When is the madness going to stop? If you have a special ed student, that student should be in special ed classrooms to accommodate his/her needs. PERIOD.
Moderator cut: No personal attacks. Some students really need special education classrooms, but many do NOT. A hearing impaired student with an average or above average IQ needs to be educated in a regular classroom. This particular accommodation is not onerous. The student can learn anything the average student can learn as long as she can *hear* what the teacher says clearly.

Oh, and should a teacher *mock* a student as Portillo did in one case and either Portillo or one of the other teachers did in the second case? I would love to see what you would do if a teacher told your child they were a dunce or some other thing like that.

No, the teachers are not expected to be special ed teachers, but they are expected to deal with students who need accommodations and to be empathetic to *all* their students.

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Old 09-30-2010, 10:55 AM
 
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The district has been ordered to provide re-training for Portillo and the other two teachers.
Retraining? Geeze! They should be fired! You can't train compassion and professionalism. One teacher 'laughed sarcastically!"

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There is a reason there is a difference between an elementary ed degree and a special ed degree. It seems that it is expected that every teacher be a special ed teacher.
The trend is for all primary teachers to be educated and trained in special education. There's a logical reason. Inclusion classes have a regular ed teacher and a special ed teacher. If all primary teachers are certified in primary and special education, each inclusion class would only need one teacher and a teacher's assistant. Saves districts big money. As a result, many universities are only offering primary education with special education programs.
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Old 09-30-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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When is the madness going to stop? If you have a special ed student, that student should be in special ed classrooms to accommodate his/her needs. PERIOD.
Separate classrooms is extremely expensive; inclusion is significantly cheaper. That's why school districts put special ed students in regular ed classrooms.

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Old 09-30-2010, 01:42 PM
 
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I'm a parent of a normal child. Moderator cut: Inflammatory I also have opinions as valid as any of you.

You can't keep me out of a forum that is public, any more than you can keep someone out of a public place of business because you don't like the way they look.

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Old 09-30-2010, 01:50 PM
 
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This thread is about a child who can't HEAR well. Moderator cut: response to deleted post They aren't requiring a teacher who knows sign language. There is no reason for the child to be in a special education classroom if the only disability is hearing. Talk about milking the system and wasting money---your opinion is more expensive. It would cost a fortune to put a hearing impaired child into a special education classroom when the child only needs a simple accomodation.

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