Sept 2, 2018, Staten Island Live: 14 key things to be aware of as school year begins on Staten Island https://www.silive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/09/23860236f98856/14-key-things-to-be-aware-of-a.html The 2018-2019 school year begins on Wednesday, Sept. 5, for public school students, and Thursday, Sept. 6, for Catholic school students. More special education seats will be available, a new charter school will open, and school safety measures are among the issues that will affect students during the upcoming school year. … New special education programs To address a rising need for special education seats in the borough, a new special education program for students will launch at the start of the 2018-2019 school year at three Catholic elementary schools. There will be an additional 96 to 120 seats at both the elementary and middle school levels on Staten Island for the beginning of the academic year. Five middle school sections of District 75 P373R sites were re-sited from PS 71, Concord, and PS 861, Graniteville, to Morris Intermediate School (I.S. 61) in Brighton Heights. The seats that will be vacated in PS 71 and PS 861 will each be able to accommodate approximately 42 District 75 students from kindergarten to fifth grade…. Mental health education required Students in New York schools -- elementary, middle and high schools -- will be taught mental health education as required by a new state law…. The mandate intends to ensure health education programs recognize the multiple dimensions of mental health to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors.
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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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