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Re: “Dynamic Community Charter School is rallying parents and lobbying lawmakers. But should its model of segregating special-needs kids even be allowed to exist?

I agree with Adrienne's comment! There is no inclusion in the NC local public schools.

In fact, our local public school staff were dangerous and cruel -- they used "restraint and seclusion" - a barbaric and sick practice (even when they call it "nonviolent intervention" it's the same despicable action) of putting a disabled children in physical, often painful tight across the chest holds, then shutting him in a closet "scream room" to cry it out.

That's what our public school administrators and the exceptional children's dept. did rather than spend the money on what our child needed and had received readily in other schools around the country --an inclusive classroom, with facilitated interaction with neuro-typical peers, and lots of support and services from licensed certified staff. It simply does not exist here.

Instead, the public schools here will fight you tooth and nail to keep their barbaric "restraint and seclusion" and keep inclusion down to a "self-contained" (i.e. segregated) classroom model with a little bit of interaction at lunch or recess. Inclusion here is a joke.

See StopHurtingOurKids.org and Apprais.org

As for receiving services under the IDEA -- what services? We only got a scant amount after a long, drawn out fight with our local Exceptional Children's Department which obviously rather invest time and money causing anguish to you and your disabled child. Someone even called DCF against us as we advocated for our son.

Shame on the public schools, the districts and their staffs! Fire them all and replace them people that have a conscious and care about children with special needs!

And shame on the State of NC for saying that Dynamic interacted inappropriately with students -- if acting with compassion and kindness is inappropriate, sign us up!

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Posted by CHmom on 04/09/2015 at 12:37 AM

Re: “A new report lays bare the effects of climate change on the N.C. coast

will we have a Nuremberg type court to try the individuals responsible for the ignoring of reality and science that will result in the exacerbation of the sea level rise that is inevitable? We let ignorant politicians steer us into disastrous policies that only serve their corporate backers in the very short term. they should be brought to justice for this.

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Posted by Remo on 04/08/2015 at 10:50 PM

Re: “A new report lays bare the effects of climate change on the N.C. coast

Infallible ,,,, but No Answers?
Over and over and over we have asked the CRC Science Panel: -Why FEMA LiDAR Flood Insurance mapping shows Sea Level falling in Dare Co.? - Why DCM data shows more Coastal Accretion than Erosion? -Is there another Temperature Record that clarifies artificially heated NOAA records? -What do the US-Coast Survey tide gauge records from 1850's show? or, -Do US-Coast Survey charts show extensive Tideland Inundation over 160 years, perhaps confirming the Panel's theories?
If the Panel is so certain their theories are correct, why won’t they answer these simple questions? They view the EPA and UN as being infallible, and call backyard facts that doesn’t fit their theories - “irrelevant”.
If Sea Level Rise is going to accelerate appreciably, we need to know it and plan for it, BUT we need factual explanations of real world observations more than questionable political theory.
Bill Price
We also need comprehensive reporting of real world facts more than superficial hyperbole.

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Posted by Bill Price on 04/08/2015 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Raleigh bad boy no more

Nobody will be surprised to learn that Hocutt never went to Nam. He was in the Navy but washed out after threatening an officer with a knife aboard ship. We were roomies and band mates for about a decade after that, back in the early 70's, lived in Boylan Heights and played extensively at PC Goodtimes. His band artwork and comics from that era are ledgendary, a very creative mind wasted in a pool of drugs and alcohol. I met a girl, got married, moved to N. Raleigh and we lost touch as my kids were born and raised. He inherited a pretty good sum from his Mothers estate but frittered it away in about a year. Thus was born one of the largest personal record collections on earth. He married and bought a Fiat sports car and a really great stereo but I didn't see much else from that money. He didn't see his ex wife's suicide, they had been divorced for quite some time; a bad drug habit affected her mind. I saw him last time just a couple of months before his death. He was sitting at a bus stop, corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary's. I drove by, moving quickly to catch a meeting up the street. I saw him, blew by and had second thoughts, so. I stopped and ran back to say hi. He looked pretty bad, all puffed up. He wanted a ride but I needed that job so I told him I'd check back at the bus stop after my meeting but never saw him again. Jeff

Posted by Jefflenter on 04/08/2015 at 7:39 PM

Re: “Dynamic Community Charter School is rallying parents and lobbying lawmakers. But should its model of segregating special-needs kids even be allowed to exist?

Our prisons are filled with men & women with learning disabilities; the statistics are staggering. Providing kids with alternative educational opportunities is an appropriate and healthy strategy. My son thrived in an environment where he was surrounded by kids like him and he did not feel singled out.

My son was diagnosed with ADHD and Tourette's Syndrome at age 8. He was "mainstreamed" in the public schools. They failed him miserably. He failed 1st, 3rd 7th, & 9th grade. At age 18 he was a 9th grade dropout. His IQ was above normal but, he just could not concentrate in the typical school setting. The public schools refused to agree that he needed help that they could not provide. They put him in a developmentally delayed group. After failing to get the school system to provide him with the appropriate education, I put him in a private school for children with learning disabilities and behavior problems. The school was $4000/year (1988). I paid someone to drive him to and from school (2 round trips/day at 80 miles each). The student teacher ratio was 1:8 and they utilized a variety of teaching techniques involving all the senses. Their grading standards and expectations were higher than the public school and they knew how to write an IEP correctly (the public school teachers had no clue). To this day, my son will tell you that those two years were the best education he ever got. Unfortunately, the school only went to the 8th grade and there was no comparable school close to us. He returned to the public school system, failed and dropped out. Fortunately, he has since gone on to get his HS degree as an adult.

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Posted by Carol Adrian Younkin on 04/08/2015 at 5:57 PM

Re: “Dynamic Community Charter School is rallying parents and lobbying lawmakers. But should its model of segregating special-needs kids even be allowed to exist?

If traditional public schools in central NC provided needed supports, guidance, assistance, and fully implemented an inclusion model for all children with special needs, then sure, mainstream everyone.
But they don't. They just don't. And what happens for some kids is that they end up feeling stupid and bad and left out and their behavioral problems become even worse. This is what happened to my son when he was in a traditional public school in NC. It also happened in a Montessori charter, for what it's worth.
What if inclusion and mainstreaming are not what everyone needs? What if a student's right to FAPE (a free and appropriate education) is at odds with LRE (least restrictive environment?) What if the LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT is one where children feel comfortable and "normal" for themselves and in a space where they're able to learn?
I can't speak directly about Dynamic Community Charter as my child doesn't attend. He homeschools because our local school system was so toxic for him. But it sounds like they are using a model that works for many of these children. Isn't that what charters SHOULD be?

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Posted by Adrienne Ehlert Bashista on 04/08/2015 at 5:22 PM

Re: “Sleeping Beauty

Now extended through April 18th!

Posted by Alyssa Petrone on 04/08/2015 at 5:03 PM

Re: “The game

Cullum, you are simply amazing!

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Posted by Dennis Draughon on 04/08/2015 at 4:15 PM

Re: “Dynamic Community Charter School is rallying parents and lobbying lawmakers. But should its model of segregating special-needs kids even be allowed to exist?

The school could easily refute the charge of isolationism by teaching Esperanto, which would allow the students to interact with their peers throughout the world, easily and inexpensively. For example, they could learn in detail about sundry other cultures, from the people themselves, because the language barrier is totally circumvented, in a totally egalitarian way.

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Posted by Mike Jones on 04/08/2015 at 1:49 PM

Re: “A love story resurrects an underground rock 'n' roll fest

This weekend's gonna be SO MUCH FUN!!!

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Posted by Fuzzsonic on 04/08/2015 at 11:42 AM

Re: “Dynamic Community Charter School is rallying parents and lobbying lawmakers. But should its model of segregating special-needs kids even be allowed to exist?

"Mainstreaming" sounds nice but is totally impractical. It puts an impossible burden on teachers, and leaves these kids feeling lost and inferior all day. They need an environment tailored to their abilities, where they can actually excel instead of always being behind everyone else. That environment is what Dynamic provides.

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Posted by Matthew Brown on 04/08/2015 at 10:24 AM

Re: “A new report lays bare the effects of climate change on the N.C. coast

The report as distributed by the current NC administration (and current state of Florida admin):

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Posted by SomeCallMe...Tim on 04/08/2015 at 10:18 AM

Re: “Chubby's Tacos

LOVE LOVE LOVE the freshness and flavors! The portions are great and you can't go wrong with a salsa bar! Whatever you get, try the guacamole! It's phenomenal!

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Posted by jerzdevil1117 on 04/08/2015 at 9:12 AM

Re: “Dynamic Community Charter School is rallying parents and lobbying lawmakers. But should its model of segregating special-needs kids even be allowed to exist?

If the SBE is so concerned about our children then why aren't they talking to the parents?

As for the comments made about bullying being more likely to occur I totally disagree. My son is now enjoying a bully free school day. Something that didn't happen before Dynamic. Not to mention that he's making a lot of progress academically. Mainstreaming is great when it's working but when it doesn't parents need a choice.

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Posted by Kellie Taylor Penny on 04/08/2015 at 8:24 AM

Re: “Art review: Gail Goers turns backgrounds into subjects in new book and BCAC show, Muse

Thanks to Zoe and the Indy for covering this exhibit. I've extended the run date so Gail's work will be up through Friday, April 17 when we will be open from 6-9pm for Third Friday Durham. Also, we will be kicking the doors open at various times this weekend during the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Feel free to holler if you would like to schedule a viewing. dave@horseandbuggypress.com

Posted by Dave Wofford on 04/07/2015 at 10:59 AM

Re: “School principal accused of blocking GSA is stepping down

Hmm. I never knew why my principal was leaving until now. She probably is leaving due to the pressure of the situation, if guilty of doing it because of her opinion on this whole LGBT thing.

Posted by Daniel Hawley-Hill on 04/06/2015 at 4:39 PM

Re: “How to break Duke Energy's stranglehold on North Carolina's power industry— and maybe save our coasts in the process

I support this bill (HB 245) totally. As former Associate Director of the NCState Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center where we investigated a number of viable renewable energy recovery systems from animal waste, and a member of the NC Green Power Commission until I retired in 2009, I developed a VERY strong interest and advocacy for solar energy as well as other renewable energy forms. This bill provides a way to enhance solar applications in a way that will make them even more economically viable. I support this bill totally

Leonard S Bull
Emeritus Professor of Animal Science, and
Former Co-founder and Associate Director, NCState Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center
NCState University
Raleigh, NC

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Posted by Leonard Bull on 04/06/2015 at 8:52 AM

Re: “A Guide to Gay and Lesbian Resources in the Triangle

This story is 10 years old, so it's to be expected that some of the links are obsolete.

Posted by Lisa Sorg on 04/05/2015 at 3:43 PM

Re: “For six decades, folklorist Bill Ferris has broken some of the country's biggest racial barriers. Now, he's sharing the South's story with the world

This is an excellent story (any small errors aside) about a fascinating and inspiring quest that needed some length to be told well. Good for you, Indy editors, for giving Tom Maxwell the space he needed in your print edition and here.

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Posted by cclabby on 04/04/2015 at 12:34 PM

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