• Oklahoma’s Blaine Amendment targets children with disabilities
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    Oklahoma’s Blaine Amendment targets children with disabilities

    Jane: “You know I have a school counselor saying we’re a top grade school, there’s no bullying here, this isn’t happening here. And I have a kid telling me at home, I just wish I was dead.” Curtis: “Just because a child has a disability, whatever it is, doesn’t mean they’re stupid.” I was shocked that this thing still exists. It’s a 200-year-old rule. And basically it was to discriminate against Catholics. Wyatt was born 3 months early. And the doctor told me, he goes I don’t think he’s going to make it. I was constantly getting notes home from his kindergarten teacher that he wasn’t listening in class And…

  • Dyslexia: A Conversation About Aligning Practice with Research and Legislation
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    Dyslexia: A Conversation About Aligning Practice with Research and Legislation

    – What neurobiological research is really showing us is it’s confirming what we know from intervention research. And that is there are kids who have reading disabilities, there are kids who have dyslexia. And so with fMRI scans, we’re now able to see that there is, we call it a classical signature brain activation. And so what it really shows us is that reading disabilities are real. Dyslexia is real. But then also what we know from research on reading intervention is that kids with dyslexia can be taught to read. – I think one of the most common challenges that schools and districts encounter is that there is still…

  • Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill and Vulnerable Chil..
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    Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill and Vulnerable Chil..

    oh the eyes heaven I call on government orders of the day numbers three and four children young persons and their families are our tamariki legislation bill third reading vulnerable children amendment bill third reading mr. speaker the Honorable Anne Tolley Mr Speaker I move that the children young persons and their families or our tamariki legislation bill and the vulnerable children amendment bill be now read a third time I am so pleased to be here as the Minister for children to move the third reading of this bill it marks a significant step and what has been and will continue to be a considerable journey to transform the…