Do you support "full inclusion" of special needs students?

...and should the district do away with specialized sites like Edmonton Catholic did?

- J.C via email (michael@michaeljanz.ca)

A:

As a general rule, I am wary of one-size-fits-all solutions and it is important that we continue to respond to parent demand by offering both specialized supports as well as inclusive opportunities for all students. Some families have been clear that they want their child in a full or partial inclusive setting. Others families have asked me to continue to protect specialized programming sites. 

As trustee, I will continue to advocate to support options for programming within Edmonton Public.

I've seen hundreds of examples of how inclusion can be successful, but I’ve also heard dozens of challenging stories from teachers and parents about cases where more must be done.

I will continue to advocate for the classroom supports, teacher training, and additional programming opportunities to ensure that all children can be successful.

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