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Reporter Wednesday, June 6, 200t tI I al ed CHAIR OF THE FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION were rel- or re- segregat- based color, we would charge were being Yet, identi- or ies and Whisper of protest is it is because we told that our chil- this "special" help : them to "catch will be "ready" because they problems and ed. teachers don't le them. they really receiv- in places? resource specialist classes, s and op- have the ues to help our skills the gener- tion is tly n ith r: al ed. classroom, or ff they lish language learners should have a right to these Yet in many cases, the ports in place, these students have magic techniques to (which, because they are at a services), school system just waits until can succeed. change bad behavior into lower reading level, might be Does this sound like a sys- the child shows some behav- More importantly, they are good behavior, then why useful for special education tem devoted to ensuring that ior that is bad enough that then included in the general aren't parents of students), and workbooks for every student reaches his or the child is expelled or gets community of their peers--- college-bound students clam- "exceptional learners." her highest potential? To add dumped into the juvenile jus- which is where they will be oring for equal access to this Yet no one in the district insult to injury, families are rice system (where they may when they grow up. The gen. special treatment for their has bothered to order these often discouraged from hay- remain until they graduate to eral community of adults is children? modifications to the regular ing their child aim for a high the adult justice system), made up of all kinds of people I don't see any waiting lists ed. curriculum and make school diploma, and are in- Federal and state laws are with all sorts of abilities and of GATE students demanding them available to special edu- stead encouraged to be more very clear that children with disabilities. We need to all these "special" techniques to cation students (let alone realistic and settle for a Cer- disabilities should be educat- learn to live and work togeth. help them succeed, search out and order some of tificate of Completion (which ed with their non-disabled er, and this learning should The reality is that there is the other wonderful curricu- has no standards), peers and should be provided start in school. not even any curriculum for lure materials which are Perhaps the school district with whatever modifications The current willful neglect these special classes. How available), is afraid that families might and supports (including sup- of students with either learn- can it be that in a public Special education teachers sue for compensatory educa- plemental aids and services) ing disabilities or emotional school system there can be no (some of whom are excellent tion when they find out that they need to succeed in gen- disabilities serves neither the curriculum? by the way, and are doing the their children cannot pass eral education classes. Re- student, nor the family, nor The state of California best they can with what little the high school exit exam be- moval to separate classes is the larger society. For, if passed a California Reading they are provided) for the cause they have never been only supposed to happen at'- these students do not receive Initiative in 1999 for special most part don't even knowtaught the material? ter all modifications and sup- the education and services education, recognizing that about these modifications be- What about those studentsports have been tried andthey deserve (and by law reading skills are fundamen- cause they aren't even given whose disability is in the pay- failed, have a fight to receive), they tal to a child's success in teacher's editions of grade chiatric, emotional or behav- Why the emphasis on will not be ready to take their school and life and recom- level textbooks, where these ioral areas? mainstreaming? Because place in adult society and be mending that special educa- modifications are explained. Unfortunately, the PUSD years and years of studies successful in finding jobs, in tion students receive as And there is no policy that apparently does a very poor have failed to show that sepa- forming adult relationships much as three hours a day of ensures that the students will job of identifying and serving rate is superior or even and living a rewarding life. focused reading instruction, even be included in the count the needs of this population, equal. As with racial segrega- They will be a drain on soci. There is a long list (seven when textbooks are ordered. Students who have come totion, disability segregation ety rather than a contributor pages) of recommended read- How can students be giventhe PUSD with a SED (Se- often means being relegated to society. ing programs for special edu- "access to core curricula" (as verely Emotionally Dis- to classrooms with no cur- Thus, I would encourage cation students. Yet an inven- the law requires) and have it turbed) classification have riculum, with no assessments not only parents of disabled tory check to see what the modified to fit their individ- been talked into having that to measure progress or lack students to become active ad- Plumas Unified School Dis- ual needs if neither the stu- label removed, and then have of same and where behav- vocates for their children. trict (PUSD) currently owns dents nor the teachers have been denied the services ioral problems are the norm, PTA presidents, student body found that the only program access to textbooks and pub- their child needs, so the child has little chance presidents and community from that list in the whole lisher-provided textbook Others are never identified to learn more appropriate so- leaders should also become district was the Accelerated modifications? in the first place. No behav- cial behavior, knowledgeable advocates for Reader literature program at Worse yet, supplemental ioral analysis or functional Note that this does not these students, who are least some of the elementary materials and services pur- analysis is done, no positive mean that students should be able to advocate for them- schools, chased with Federal Title I behavior intervention plans dumped into mainstream selves. All of society will ben- Textbook publishers make funds, in order to help under- are drawn up and no counsel- classes with no modifications efit when these students are many modifications available achieving students, are not ing services are provided, or supports. This happens of- given the education and set- for "exceptional learners," always offered to special edu- For special education stu- ten, and is often pointed to as vices they need to succeed. such as textbooks on audio cation students (virtually all dents with serious behav-a failure of mainstreaming. tape, textbooks on CD-ROM, special education students ioral problems, the law re- But, when there are appropri- special workbooks for Eng- are also Title I students and quires these things, ate modifications and sup- I o ,-*---- Half of Plumas County's resi- dents believe that, if someone is elected to office as a member of a political party, they are obligated not switch to another party. to The poll was conducted to get an idea of how residents feel about the issue, but the respondents were split on their reasons. The poll, which ran from May 28 to June 4, asked site visitors, "If someone is elected to office as a member of a political party, should he be allowed to switch?" Exactly 50 percent said no. But 28 percent said no because it is a broken promise, while 22 percent said no because it is important to wait until the next election. Exactly 38 percent believe a switch is all right because it's a First Amendment issue, , Six percent said switching parties does not matter because there is no difference among the political parties. Four percent said elected officials Should be allowed to switch only when Democrats want to become Republicans; while half that number of voters said switches should be allowed only when Republicans want to become Democrats. Each week, the newspaper publishes a survey on its lnternet site--plumas- news,tom--and publishes the results in the newspaper. The poll is not scientifically conducted. Rather, site visitors are asked to state their opinion on a topic. It is for enter- tainment purposes only. Should the Endan- gered Species Act be revised? [' "l for Letters nlust contain an ad- Phone number. We One letter per week, and only one letter Per month regarding SUbject. We do not :l-party or open let-i limited to a Any let- of 300 words will be The deadline is P.m. Letters may be of Feather Publish- sent via fax to 283- e-mailed at May 23, I children as the Bike Rodeo Elementary pleasant after- a turn for the at the end of I left the video in the corri- Ftf- later, it was goes to the per- las the camera: return the are in the case. and their grandfa- This is the they will have of the video work! They need a place to vent and just be kids, and it is not sitting in a building cooped up listening to some boring person lecture them. What's the problem with building a skate park and giving them a place to have fun? You have the added bonus of tobacco money and all we hear is county workers wanting raises and parking lots for their own comfort. I have spent two years on try- ing to get a skate park for Greenville and when you get to the meetings and all the signatures, information and such, it goes no further but to a trained political an- swer-thrown on the back burner for 10 more years. Mr. Austin, I must correct you on your information concerning the -weenie roast" at the Greenville Park. I have spent many hours gathering people to donate equipment and time for a BMX track for the kids around town to have some- thing to do, and the taxpay- ers did not lose anY money when we burned the pile of logs that have been sitting there rotting for the last lu years. The taxpayers got a free cleanup. There was not a person m this county that hauled youths thrown to the wind the governor. If the State for some stupid political rea- Legislature allowed a flawed son. If you're so concerned deregulation law to stand about the taxpayers getting without making changes, ripped off, then do some- they are to blame--not the thing about it; you have the public utilities. If, as I have means. All the kids around -heard some commentators here want is to have some- say, the laws were written thing to do that doesn't in- by the public utilities, then volve having to beg rides to shame on our state represen- Quincy or Susanville. tatives for allowing money I will assist in any way from political contributors that I can in helping to get a to impact the way they vote! skate park. I have a huge On the other hand Mr. pile of signatures and all in- Udall, please do not rewrite formation required. I even history as a way to influence have the names and address- public policy or to achieve es of county supervisors your goals. from the coast of California And to the newspaper, to Washington and the in- please stick to news and volvement of the communi- opinions that correctly state ties that have helped them. I the facts--it is the only way think we need to haul all the we can preserve our freedom kids from Plumas County to of speech. the next meeting and listen Rich MacKirdy to their needs. The only way Fair Oaks to get things done is to listen to what the public is saying. After all isn't that what the counties' voted members are supposed to do? Don't give up, kids Nancy Webb Greenville StiCk to h,ct= This is in response to the -Where I Stand" submitted by Stewart Udall. MY first attempt to re- spond to Mr. Udalrs creative fiction writing concerning little; the lossaway even a stick of that wood for firewood; your in- the state of electricity dereg- cassettes is formant was wrong in ulation in California was ril , Please, j ust telling you that. I person_.a .,. Y four pages long and I was on- e, at Quincy El- ] n/ea dozen people au,,,- ly one-half way through the h( )1. i' to check the wood, and article. . Phil Braddtck ,t was too rotten to evenOne thing to remember Quincy ourn. The community ser- about deregulation is this: vices agency could vegob laws are written and passed ten a cash deal out ot seu-u in California by.=,..t,,,sthe Staterules ity needs to take that property and insteadLegislature, a mm= at what the chose to sell it to someone are made by the Calfforn.ia ad here are ask-who didn't come up with the Public Utilities t;ommls- I the Parks and money. So right noW, we sion--not the public utili- leeds to start lis- at a standstill on doing an_y ties. n the kids are ask- further work on the BMX Almost all legislatio t ld here is some- track until the foreclo.sure[ must be adjusted and o besides home- finished Another tmng iv- changed after it is signed by Clam up The fire season cleanup needs to be addressed. It is at the ridge between Humbug Valley and Bucks Lake. There are numerous felled trees on the roads all over the ridge, which make them impassable. I can't imagine what it would be like ira fee swept through and the For- est Service had to suddenly send up crews to cut up huge trees. This would create chaos for the fire trucks to get through. I sure wouldn't want to lose the cabin over some mistake like that. Kevin Tarin Rancho Cordova m Could you please tell me what is more important: English or math? Or history and chemistry? Music or metal shop? When I found out that the metal shop teacher was re- tiring from Quincy High School my first reactionAngels was, "Good for him, he has I need to write this letter worked hard all his life." to show appreciation to the When I found out that the many people who responded entire metal shop program to help when my son, Joel, was going to be eliminated was injured on Friday, May from Q.H.S. I became furl- 25. ous. First, I need to commend Why is it important to re- Sharrayah DuBord in her hire a history teacher and quick thinking and dialing not a metal shop teacher? of 911. Joel owes you a lot Some students excel in histo- more than a prom. ry, some students excel in Next, our fire chief, Jay English and others excel in Neuman, who was first on music or welding. Formerthe scene and took great Q.H.S. students that once care to see to my son's condi- participated in the metal tion. shop program are now mak- All at once it seemed the ing as much as $60,000 atown of Chester had congre- year! gated in the DuBord's back- Without the metal shop yard as one after another program they would neverEMT or volunteer flreperson have had a career. If the arrived. Their ingenuity in school district does nottransporting my son with as think that metal shop is ira- little pain as possible was portant, they better think amazing. Their care did not twice. If you place these stu- stop there, but continued at dents in computer classes Seneca Hospital, and with they sure aren't going to suc- Doctor Walls, and the ceed because they don't Seneca staff, my son and I think like a computer, they felt safe. think like a welder. Their I need to mention EMTs niche is in metal shop as Bill Adam, Dan and Dan, who Gates' niche was Microsoft. were comforting not only to Each person thinks differ- my son, but also to myself. ently and every school pro- EMT Dan Hunter went gram is important, above and beyond, proving The school should not just not ordy to be an outstand- cater to the "academic" type ing EMT, but also a great that might go to a four.year friend. school. Attending a techni- Todd, Tracy and" Jesse cal institute just as impor- DuBord were a comforting tant as attending U.C. presence; their prayers and Berkley. The school district help locating the rest of our should not be eliminating family I can never repay. programs; they should beFinally and most of all I adding programs. Help need to thank God. Sitting every student, not only "top" on the floor of my son's hos- honor roll. students; they pital room, shortly after he are all important Advanced got out of surgery, I realized Placement English prepares all the other possible out- some for college, metal shop comes his actions could have helps others for a career, had. I realized the phone The youth is the future, and conversation with Joel, just without a future, you have 15 minutes prior to his acci- nothing, dent, could have been the Bill Alvarez.last. I thank God and all his Former Quincy High School Student Musician See Lsttm pap t0I