June 21, 2018, Athold (MA) Daily: New Salem adopts next year’s budget https://www.atholdailynews.com/New-Salem-adopts-budget-18339226 Tuesday night saw New Salem adopt a budget, as well as become the fourth area town to pass a resolution on the state flag and seal…. New Salem’s educational expenses make up more than half of the budget and are largely driving the budget increase. The town’s school assessments total $1,792,593 for three schools: the Swift River School, which it funds with neighboring Wendell, the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School and the Franklin County Technical School. Costs of Special Education, particularly at Mahar, and health care have increased, and contractual pay increases have caused increasing budgets for the schools. Mahar is also funded by Petersham, Wendell and Orange, and has seen cuts to services despite an increasing budget. Late buses, an administrative position and two instructional positions are all cut from Mahar for the coming school year. …
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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
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