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.
Anne Dachel, Media editor, Age of Autism
(John Dachel, Tech. assist.)
"What will happen in another 4 years? How can we go on like this? This is a national (and international) problem of monumental proportions. We have an entire new class of children who cannot be accommodated by the system: many are manifestly neurologically impaired. Meanwhile, the government and the medical profession sleep on regardless."
UK media editor, Age of Autism
"The generation of American children born after 1990 are arguably the sickest generation in the history of our country."
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
“It seemed to me that with rising autism prevalence, you’d also see rising autism costs to society, and it turns out, the costs are catastrophic.”
“They calculated that in 2015 autism cost the United States $268 billion and they projected that if autism continues at its current rate, we’re looking at one trillion dollars a year in autism costs by 2025, so within five years.”
Toby Rogers, PhD, Political economist
Mar 23, 2019
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Marin County, CA: District sees 'declining enrollment' AND SPED costs up $750K
Mar 22, 2019, San Rafael, CA, Marin Independent Journal: Novato schools OK $1.8 million in budget cuts https://www.marinij.com/2019/03/22/novato-schools-ok-1-8-million-in-budget-cuts/
After more than six months of meetings, talks and public outreach, Novato Unified School District trustees this week approved $1.8 million in cuts to the district’s preliminary $88 million 2019-20 budget.
The district’s board of trustees voted 7-0 Tuesday in favor of the $1.8 million trimming, which includes about $800,000 in staff reductions through attrition from declining enrollment.
“This $1.8 million is just the beginning,” said trustee Ross Millerick, referring to continuing challenges from rising pension costs, declining enrollment and flat per-student revenue from the state. “This is just taking the cream off the top of the milk. This is the easy part — the hard part is yet to come.” …
Assistant Superintendent Yancy Hawkins told the board Tuesday that the cuts reflected the double whammy of declining enrollment and rising pension costs. …
Hawkins said another significant factor this year was a steep rise in special education costs. The increased costs come from the Marin County Office of Education and from the local SELPA, or special education local plan area, a collaboration with other neighboring districts to serve special education programs.“The costs for special education are up over $750,000 this year,” Hawkins told the board on Tuesday. “This is the largest increase in over 20 years.”…