The Schools We Deserve

  • Amy Mulholland


Indulge me for just a moment I have two stories to tell.

As a parent of a special education student in Texas, each year I attend an annual ARD (Admission, Review and Denial) meeting for my son with Asperger’s Syndrome. As both an educator and as a parent I have attended many of these meetings, which determine what services and modifications students receive for the coming year. My middle school aged son has friends and makes good grades but because of his behavior that seems odd at times and his difficulties reading social situations, he is teased and bullied. Last year it got so bad that he was put on a student’s hit list. The roller coaster ride that is middle school can leave my son feeling depressed, confused, out of place and worst of all abandoned by the adults in schools. I attend these meetings each year because I am hoping to but a network of adults on campus that support and advocate for him. The reality has been different; the counselor, the speech therapist, the special ed. tracking teacher and the psychologist do not communicate even when an incident occurs such as my son’s name on the hit list. Which bring me back to this year’s meeting, the ARD committee was suggesting that since my son had no office referrals and had scored near perfect scores on his Math and Reading TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests that there was no need for the psychological services to continue. I was angry and protested so the services are still in place. I was reminded in the meeting that what is important is test scores and behavior but only if it causes problems that disrupted instruction causing lower test scores.


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