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
Feb 25, 2020
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Pennsylvania: SPED costs expected to grow $200M/yr topping $6 billion in 2020-21
Feb 23, 2020, PennLive.com: OP ED—Schools are struggling to keep up with rising costs https://www.pennlive.com/opinion/2020/02/schools-are-struggling-to-keep-up-with-rising-costs-pennlive-letters.htmlThe concerns outlined in the recent article, “West Perry worries over special education costs” are indicative of anxieties that administrators and school board directors across the state are feeling this time of year.
Increases in mandated expenses for school districts are estimated to top $455 million this year alone, and special education costs are expected to continue to grow by more than $200 million per year, topping $6 billion in 2020-21. Other mandated costs for charter school enrollment – the amount school districts must pay charter schools – are estimated to grow by more than $175 million in the upcoming budget year. In the West Perry School District, the proposed $42 million budget included a tax increase of 9.15 percent.
In the article, the business manager at West Perry, Stevie Davis, channeled the struggles of administrators in districts across the state, “We do what we can to control costs,” Davis said, “but the state doesn’t pay its fair share of education costs.”
Schools are struggling to keep up with rising costs and to head off program cuts. In order to help local districts hold down property taxes and improve outcomes for students, the General Assembly needs to do its part. …