* Dynamic families work for Dynamic Community Charter School!

Dynamic Community CSI was so thrilled to read Friday’s News and Observer, which headlined the incredible families fighting to preserve Dynamic Community Charter School.  Top and center of the newspaper!  The fight is not won, but some state legislators are working to improve the funding situation.  The amazing supporters of that school have already raised more than $200,000.  Thanks to any readers who pitched in.  It’s not too late to help out!

But why is Dynamic getting such grief from the state?  They are the only special education charter school in North Carolina and the state is concerned that these 70 kids are not getting a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) because they are not included with “typical” peers.  Passed as the Rehabilitation Act in 1973, federal guidelines for an appropriate education are listed below.  The crucial issue is in the second bullet (in bold):

  • education services designed to meet the individual education needs of students with disabilities as adequately as the needs of nondisabled students are met;
  • the education of each student with a disability with nondisabled students, to the maximum extent appropriate to the needs of the student with a disability;
  • evaluation and placement procedures established to guard against misclassification or inappropriate placement of students, and a periodic reevaluation of students who have been provided special education or related services; and
  • establishment of due process procedures that enable parents and guardians to:
    • receive required notices;
    • review their child’s records; and
    • challenge identification, evaluation and placement decisions.

Dynamic’s parents and kids love their school.  They wanted to get away from the mainstreaming which did not benefit their particular children.  And there’s already a waiting list for next year.  One reason I have so strongly supported this school is because I’ve worked with kids who have similar issues; many of them “made” it in an inclusive setting but some never could.  One size does not fit all in ANY educational setting.  Why can’t these kids continue to thrive at their school?   Reread the first bullet above.  Why can’t the Dynamic Dragons have a school designed to meet THEIR needs as adequately as the needs of nondisabled kids?  

2 thoughts on “* Dynamic families work for Dynamic Community Charter School!

  1. First, thanks so much for your support. It means more than you know. Mainstreaming, like any other learning tool or environment, is suppose to be only one option in a bucket of options available to choose from to meet the individual needs of the child. Bullet two is a protection provision for our children, charging officials to try their hardest to include our kids, but it should never be used against us, precisely as NC is doing now. Parents know best what their kids need, NOT the state. It is far cheaper for the state to mainstream all children; they can stand nobly behind the inclusive provision all they want, what they are really doing is walking all over our kids. Just my 2 cents. Thanks again for your support!!

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    • Thanks for your insightful comments. I agree that the reaction from the state seems to be a knee-jerk response in the face of a successful program. It’s a shame that you have to fight every inch of the way; the federal mandates are supposed to protect your kids, not be used as a sledge hammer to force them into a mold. Grrr….

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