July 5, 2018, FM radio, Yellow Springs, OH: WYSO Investigation Reveals Thousands Of Ohio K-3 Students Suspended Each Year http://wyso.org/post/wyso-investigation-reveals-thousands-ohio-k-3-students-suspended-each-year A new WYSO analysis of state education data show Ohio school officials issued 30,000 suspensions to kindergarten through third-grade students during the 2016 school year. In Dayton, the same data show hundreds of younger students are removed from classrooms each year. Classroom removals are a problem many education policy experts around the country have been trying to tackle for years…. WYSO's investigation finds Dayton school officials issued 650 suspensions to K-3 students during the 2016-2017 school year. That number has increased slightly each year since 2014…. “What we find is that, nationally, young children are expelled in some communities at a greater rate than high school students,” says Dr. Valerie Alloy, a researcher who leads the state’s Early Childhood Mental Health Initiative. Reasons for these disciplinary measures, she says, range from what’s called “violent” behavior, such as biting or fighting with another child, to “disruptive” behavior, such as not following directions or talking out of turn. Alloy says it’s difficult to nail down exactly how many kids are suspended or expelled from school at a younger ages because many private preschools don’t keep track. But, some data suggests the number is increasing…. Although black students make up only 16 percent of Ohio’s total student population, they make up 51 percent of students suspended during the 2016-2017 school year. Black male students are suspended more than any other demographic, with more than 65,000 total suspensions reported during the same year…. Alloy says research shows that any underlying behavioral issues are not resolved by removing children from classrooms. Instead, she says, the problems often grow worse…. She and her advocacy group Racial Justice NOW! eventually attracted the attention of Republican State Sen. Peggy Lehner. Last year, Lehner introduced the SAFE Act. The bill would bar schools from suspending or expelling younger students for so-called “minor offenses.” It was recently attached to House Bill 318, which has now been approved by both chambers of the Ohio legislature.
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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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