From Daniel Weber:
On Monday at the Board Of Ed meeting, SPECIAL ED was at the bottom of the agenda and the last group to present. The evening went smoothly for the other groups presenting, there were no technical problems with the overhead projection or PowerPoints, no virtual dogs barking in the background.Was it coincidental that SECAC had to struggle through their presentation with these difficulties? They gave a report on their achievements/goals to a Board who seemed bored by the needs of special ed children. One boardmember looked indifferent/irritated – she rolled her eyes! Another stifled laughter behind her hand. Many other Board members stared blankly wishing time would.just pass. I do want to applaud Laura Runyeon and Bob Frisch for their apparent interest, it was appreciated.
The women in these positions for SECAC are worthy of the same dignity and respect that the other members of the other committees had gotten. They are not second class citizens. During the presentation from the Gifted and Talented, the Board actively listened, were engaged and asked questions; they were not treated with the same disinterest or disrespect. It delights us as parents to hear G&T is a strong program that everyone is excited about; we would like to see Special Education receive the same attention. Your role as the Board of Education is to represent ALL children, not just the ones who make you look good.
We ask you to please take SECAC and the needs of our children seriously. My son deserves to have the board of ed respect his needs and give him what he deserves in the school system.