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Is public education in Spokane on the ropes?

Good morning, Netizens...

It comes with absolute despair that I must announce my granddaughter Lilly probably suffers from that most terrible learning disability, Dyslexia, although given the lack of support on the part of Spokane School District 81, she may never receive the screening she needs to fully diagnose the issues she has with reading and mathematics. Somehow this makes sense. Her father has it, and others in her immediate family were once diagnosed as having Dyslexia, and some of them received remedial therapies which helped them lead functional lives as they matured into adulthood.

Her teachers have been advocating for her, at least one of whom nearly put his job on the line attempting to get her the testing she needs. The Superintendent has spoken to family members several times, but the answer remains the same. There simply is no money in the budget for testing. What little money the school district has apparently is already being spent on ADHD students who otherwise would disrupt the classroom, as well as students who speak English as a second language.

Last evening, we held a family meeting to discuss what we can do to help her with her learning disabilities, and despite the tragic news, we have begun putting together a working plan, including a quasi-home schooling tutoring program based upon what information we will have put together over the coming week.

In other news this morning, we have heard that funding for our local colleges and universities is being drastically cut with what some are saying are revoltingly predictable results.

Our country was erected through an educated populace. Fat and stupid never created the technological edge we once used to hold. The abandonment of Dyslexic students by School District 81 suggests there are children being left behind.

Is the educational system falling apart?


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