Wednesday, January 26, 2011

'A different child'

"Trent Kimery, now 8, struggled in his first-grade class in a Broken Arrow public school," Kim Archer reports in the Tulsa World.
As a child with Asperger's syndrome, a sensory processing disorder and other problems, the child was antisocial. He cried nearly every day. And he begged to be kept home.

Based on the passage of HB 3393 that directs public schools to provide private school scholarships for children with special needs, Trent's parents enrolled their son in Town and Country School, 5150 E. 101st St. ...

"Within that first month at Town and Country, we had a different child," Nancy Kimery said. "He smiles. He literally gets out of the car and runs to the door." ...

"I am not against public education. It just didn't work for my son. He was slipping through the cracks," [Nancy Kimery] said.

Not only is she a former public school teacher, but Kimery has a daughter in Broken Arrow's middle school and another who graduated from the school system and is attending Oklahoma State University. ...

"I knew how happy my son is where he is and we are dependent on that scholarship," Kimery said.

Meanwhile, the state's largest newspaper is none too pleased with litigious superintendents who are content to let children slip through the cracks. "The superintendents’ opposition to this law isn’t about what’s best for children, it’s about money," The Oklahoman editorializes today. "And their arrogance tarnishes the efforts of those who really are focused on improving public education."

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