There is an ad on WDEL where Greg Lavelle says something about helping children with disabilities.   It is a very nice ad and he should be commended for it.

However, it is ironical.  If there was anyone ever in this history of this state who has done so much to ruin disabled children for the rest of their lives, it is State Senator Greg Lavelle. when he switched his vote from NAY to YEA which allowed the Smarter Balanced Assessment to become the test of all students.

The antics of Penny Marshal, former Secretary Murphy, and Lindsey O’Mara pale in comparison.

It would be the equivalent of dropping the bomb on Japan…

For here is what it did. Here is what the Smarter Balanced Assessment does…. and we have found an awful lot about it since that vote took place….

It changed the “criteria” for teaching disabled children for ever….

Instead of  taking a disabled child and figuring out and then promoting what they CAN do, we are going to great extraordinary lengths to expose all their flaws and document everything in great detail they CAN’T do…

It is a sea change in how we evaluate children… and it flows from allowing the Smarter Balanced test to be used to evaluate our children…

Against infinity no one can win. There will always be new areas to explore where our children are missing something or not getting enough of others.. But lost in that is the idea that children as adults should be able to be self sufficient.

Train them for something they CAN do… We’ve done that in public education for over 100 years now… Until June 26, 2014 at 9:34 pm, when a call for a new vote on a previously defeated bill was passed, and Greg Lavelle switched his vote from NAY to YAY…..

Remember that:  when you hear his ad on helping children with disabilities…

Children should be rewarded for what they can do. not punished for what they can’t…. That goes for all children and opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment is the best inoculation against things going bad in your child future, that any parent can now do.

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