Education Week posted a story about a mom who fought back within the school system and realized the problem was solved leaving the system. Gretchen Herrera’s son, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and Type 1 diabetes, suffered from the required standardized testing.
Testing? No, No Testing, No Matter What By Nirvi Shah
Ms. Herrera had tried to have Anthony, 12, exempted from South Carolina’s annual tests in reading, math, and other subjects when he was in 6th grade last school year. But no reason would do—not even a medical note that explained Anthony’s blood sugar could spike because of his Asperger-related anxiety, which is just what happened on the first day of testing. Anthony, who did well on the exam, stayed home during other state tests.
The federal Office for Civil Rights decided late last year that Anthony wasn’t the victim of discrimination when he was kicked out of the school.
It’s sadly true children are often lost in the system with their individual needs. Even when parents intervene for their children trying to fix the problems preventing learning.
Congratulations in finding an optimistic solution and welcome to the wonderful world of homeschooling, Herrera family!
After nearly a year of battle with schools and the state department of education, Ms. Herrera has found peace for Anthony, now a 7th grader, even if she may face additional challenges down the line.
“I can’t be happier,” she said.