the Ed White administration has assigned City Year Corp members as in class
support facilitators to disabled children.
years ago the state of Florida had the exact opposite of brilliant idea to put
moderately disable students in regular education classrooms whether they were
prepared for them or not. To help them out they would also place support
facilitators in the rooms, a co-teacher of sorts to help the disabled student
smaller classrooms where they could have gotten more individualized instruction
and where alternative materials could be used. Regardless these support
facilitators are supposed to be certified teachers.
not provide support facilitation. They provide support for a targeted group
of students within the schools involved in the City Year or Diplomas Now
projects. Their board approved contracts explicitly outline the students they
will serve and specific performance goals related to student outcomes. Their
services in no way supplant those provided through ESE support staff. In fact,
they actually work with the school staff to ensure alignment and adherence to
I am almost there. All of our disabled kids have IEPs,
which are legal documents that outline the services they are supposed to receive.
Well if Ed White isn’t providing those services, ipso facto they are breaking
the law. The question now becomes is the administration at Ed White doing so on
I don’t know how much experience Chris Jackson has with ESE issues. I know there has been a lot of upheaval in the ESE department there as well. But regardless our most vulnerable children need the services they are supposed to get.