Capitol Comments

When I worked with students with severe behavioral disabilities in a residential setting, we used a Time Out room.  Students that broke a classroom or cottage rule and became out-of-control because of the punishment were taken to the room for a cooling off period.  Needless to say, at times that was difficult as an adult to watch a student be placed behind closed doors while they were releasing their anger.  However, according to The Washington Post, school officials at the Capital City Alternative School in Jackson, Miss. have taken discipline to a whole new level.  Reports indicate that students are being shackled to railings and poles for hours at a time for minor violations.

No more readers, no more scribes.  The days of dedicating staff and preparing homemade resources for assessments may be over when it comes to students with disabilities.  For years, teachers and parents have prepared an Individual Education Program for students who meet evaluation criteria for a disability category under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Part of that IEP includes testing accommodations when necessary.

Early learning, K-12 education and postsecondary education all combine to create competent graduates ready for 21st century jobs.  Highly-skilled workers lead to prosperity for states in the new economy.  Institutions can't wait until high school to begin preparing students for the future, whether it be technical school, college or straight into a career.

State policymakers play a critical role through funding strategies and policy decisions in developing a competent work force.  Join us on Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m...