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Parents want separate special needs classes

Parents in Leduc, Alta., are angry their children with special learning needs are now being integrated into mainstream classrooms because of a new provincial guideline.

“He needs that classroom where there’s quiet, small individual attention for him to be able to remember and retain what he’s supposed to learn,” said Bonnie Brunken of her 10-year-old son, Duncan, who experiences learning delays.

Last year, the boy attended an assisted academic program (AAP) all day where he received the one-on-one instruction his mother says he needs. But now, that has all changed.

“He gets AAP in the morning … and then he goes into the Grade 5 class in the afternoon with no support,” Brunken said.

The change is not due to funding cuts, school officials said. Instead, they are following a new provincial guideline that has schools including special needs students in the same classes with their peers.

Read more here: CBC News – Edmonton – Parents want separate special needs classes.

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  1. Jeanette
    September 14, 2010 |