It’s alarming, after having watched the latest infomercial from Christy where she clearly demonstrates she is living in a world of her own, to read the story from Frank Luba this morning, about a centre for kids with special needs that is in danger of imminent closure: http://www.theprovince.com/news/Vancouver+school+kids+with+complex+health+problems+faces+closure/7147948/story.html
“Kids at Glen Eden suffer from conditions such as autism, attention deficient hyperactivity disorder, fetal alcohol disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and a host of other concerns.
Making it worse, said Vishnubhotla, is that “with most of our kids, they have multiple diagnoses.”
With the exception of one student, all have been excluded from public schools.”
Explain something to me. There is money for extravagant trips to China and the rest of Asia, there is money for large oyster dinners, cell phone bills out the ying yang, clothes, wine, etc etc…. money for travel, raises and whatever else the government is spending our tax dollars on…. but there isn’t money for education. Not enough for the regular system, not enough for vital schools like this.
If the Glen Eden closes, these kids are going to be left in a bad situation. Special needs and education funding were re-modeled and cut… surprise surprise… by none other than Christy Clark back in the good old days when she was an education minister and its never been the same since. Ask any parent of a child with special needs, like myself, and I’m pretty sure they will agree. We fight,we struggle, we soldier on, and sometimes we just have to sit and cry and wonder if the person who did all this had a clue.
I know for a fact, she doesn’t. Christy Clark didn’t have a clue then, and she doesn’t have a clue now. If education was a priority in this province, kids wouldn’t be going without assistance, and schools like this take care of kids that will never succeed elsewhere. The funding and ability just isn’t there for districts to deal with these kids, I know this. Education is a cornerstone for a successful society. It’s essential, and all kids have an equal right to a good education.
Unfortunately for British Columbian families, what Christy didn’t tell you about her Families First slogan… is that it is conditional.
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