Parents in the Lebanon R-III school district are fighting what they say is improper treatment of special needs students.
The district is being challenged by a group of parents who have children with special needs ranging from autism to Down Syndrome. Those parents say their children are being treated unfairly.
Dayna Busch is the publisher and editor of the Missouri Autism Report. She’s a mother of a child with special needs and says the parents in Lebanon have been dealing with this issue for years.
“All these children are being educated in a trailer behind the junior high school,” says Busch, “and these are elementary age children.”
Parents and advocates released a video they say shows the school district failing to provide equal opportunities for their children.
“Putting those children all day in a trailer and not letting them go to school with their typical functioning peers is against the law,” adds Busch.
“They could still be having lunch, recess, art. There are so many opportunties for them to be with those other children and these children aren’t getting those opportunties.”
Instead, she says, the students are separated from their peers and parents are demanding change.
This story caught the attention of state Sen. Scott Rupp, R-St. Louis, and his wife who also have a child with autism among other diagnoses. With one-in-72 Missouri children diagnosed with autism, Busch says Sen. Rupp believes the state’s education system needs to be better prepared.
“He was horrified at what he heard and he said this is not going to happen on my watch.”
Busch says Rupp is now working with parents to find solutions.
“This isn’t just about autism,” says Busch. “This is about children of all abilities learning to work together. Learn together, to function together. That’s going to be important now and in years to come when they’re adults.”
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