Aug 9, 2019, ABC17, Columbia, MO: Jefferson City starting a special education PTA https://www.abc17news.com/news/jefferson-city-starting-a-special-education-pta/1107706129 JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A special education parent teacher association is starting for the Jefferson City Public School district this school year. Parent and planning committee chairman Megan Shadrick said she wanted to form a SEPTA to help unite families of special needs children, increase learning opportunities and resources…. Columbia Public Schools and the Hannibal school district each have a SEPTA, making JCPS the third district in Missouri to start one. About 11 percent of JCPS students, 10 percent of CPS students and 16 percent of Hannibal students have special education needs, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. … Her oldest son is starting kindergarten this school year and her youngest son is in his second year of preschool.
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.