OK - Deep breath.
Let it out - don't worry...I've brushed my teeth...but probably have chocolate coffee breath.
Get very familiar with the armor of God.
Here we go. Our first North Carolina battle with the school district and Amber's school. They have decided to take her lovely little class for the HEARING impaired, where they are all making progress, into a cross-categorical 3 year old class for 3 year olds who are NOT hearing impaired, but have severe autism or downs or other disabilities. Adding 8 (!!!) 3 year olds to a kindergarten/1st grade class.
This is a serious battle. Very serious. I'm not a good fighter...I back down amicably a lot. But on so many levels this is not ok! Not for the sweet kids they want to add, and not to the sweet kids who are there.
I don't want to sound like I'm against exposure to other kids with different disabilities - please don't take it that way - because that's not the case...at all. I know they need a place and I know that their parents are probably excited that the school district is making a place for them. But mixing these kids in this kind of an environment isn't beneficial for anyone. Except the school district who doesn't want to pay additional teachers to teach these kiddos appropriately.