June 12, 2019, Baton Rouge (LA) Advocate: Emerge School for Autism holds groundbreaking in Baton Rouge https://www.theadvocate.com/baton_rouge/news/communities/mid_city/article_f2032a3c-8ae7-11e9-8438-d30f81344e6a.html The Emerge School for Autism held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 6 on the Emerge campus at 7784 Innovation Park Drive, in Baton Rouge. In its first year of operation, the school has served 20 students in two classrooms at The Emerge Center. A growth campaign for the school began in 2018. To date, $1.673 million has been raised toward a $2 million goal, according to a news release. Construction of the new 7,000-square-foot building is expected to be completed by the spring of next year. Until then, the school will temporarily operate out of Polk Elementary. Once fully built out, the school will be able to accommodate about 48 children. “Today is an incredible milestone for Emerge,” said Melissa Juneau, CEO of The Emerge Center. “Not only is The Emerge School the first and only public charter school in Louisiana exclusively designed for children with autism, it is also a significant extension of The Emerge Center’s successful interdisciplinary therapeutic model. We look forward to seeing our campus grow with the addition of a freestanding building for the new school.”
Children today are noticeably different from previous generations, and the proof is in the news coverage we see every day. This site shows you what’s happening in schools around the world. Children are increasingly disabled and chronically ill, and the education system has to accommodate them. Things we've long associated with autism, like sensory issues, repetitive behaviors, anxiety and lack of social skills, are now problems affecting mainstream students. Blame is predictably placed on bad parenting (otherwise known as trauma from home).
Addressing mental health needs is as important as academics for modern educators. This is an unrecognized disaster. The stories here are about children who can’t learn or behave like children have always been expected to. What childhood has become is a chilling portent for the future of mankind.