No School Today: Kids with special needs kept from school

More than 1300 Ontario elementary and secondary school principals were surveyed and revealed between 40 and 50 per cent had at times asked parents to keep their special need children at home. Photo: f_a_r_e_w_e_l_l

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It is another school day across this country but for parents of children with special needs ... sometimes school is out. A new Ontario study has revealed that children with special needs are being sent home because schools do not have the help available to work with them.

Special Education -- ;A People for Education report


Parents of special needs children face many challenges, but few as great as ensuring their children get a good education.

A new study published by the advocacy group, People for Education, shows just keeping special needs students in the classroom all day is a common problem.

Of the more than 1,300 Ontario elementary and secondary school principals surveyed - between 40 and 50 per cent had at times asked parents to keep their special need children at home.

  • Annie Kidder is the Executive Director of People for Education and she was in our Toronto studio.

  • Michelle Quance has a daughter who attends a special needs public school, Beverley school, in Toronto.

  • Gordon Porter is Director of Inclusive Education Canada. He was in Saint John.

What do you think is the best way for schools to handle kids with special needs?

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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal, Kristin Nelson and Cynthia Vukets.

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