Sunday, November 10, 2013

Decade after ‘P.J.’ settlement, special education debate rages in Connecticut

Patrick Jordan of West Hartford was part of a landmark Connecticut case that established a state mandate to mainstream special needs children in schools. One of his jobs is to shelve books at the West Hartford Public Library two days a week, a job recommended to him while he was at Manchester Community College. Mara Lavitt — New Haven Register

By Michelle Tuccitto Sullo
Investigations Editor
Nicholas Glomb of Vernon, who has Down syndrome, was able to spend his school years in regular classrooms with his non-disabled classmates.
Today, at age 25, he has friends, works at a supermarket and aspires to have his own food service business.
“None of this would have been possible without him being included in general education classes,” said his father, Walter Glomb.
Proponents of the movement in recent years to include disabled children in regular education classes as much as possible point to success stories like Nicholas.
But others say special education students sometimes end up isolated and unable to keep pace.

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