Nov 24, 2019, New Hampshire Public Radio: Claremont School District Will Create New Special Ed Programs With One-Time State Aid https://www.nhpr.org/post/claremont-school-district-will-create-new-special-ed-programs-one-time-state-aid#stream/0 Claremont residents have approved a measure to spend one-time relief money the school district received from the state on three special education programs Thursday night. Six hundred and fifty thousand dollars will be used to create an autism program, start an alternative program at Stevens High School, and expand a program that serves students with social and behavioral challenges at an elementary school. Another $650,000 will go towards property tax relief. Michael Tempesta is the superintendent for SAU 6. He says he hears Claremont residents’ concerns about how new programs could affect the tax rate. But he says in the long-term, having programs in the district means schools won't have to send students elsewhere to get special education services…. According to Tempesta’s office, 24 to 27 percent of the special education budget is spent on sending students out of the district for services….
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.