In Texas (from Disability Scoop):
In what’s believed to be a first, a new law in Texas will require
schools to install cameras upon request in classrooms serving students
The law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month mandates that
school districts and open-enrollment charter schools in the state employ
video cameras if they are requested by a parent, trustee or staff
Under the measure, such requests can only be made for self-contained
classrooms and other environments where the majority of students are
receiving special education services.
“We heard testimony from students with special needs and parents whose
lives have been forever changed by mistreatment in the classroom,” state
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., who authored the legislation, told Disability
Scoop. “It is my intention that the presence of cameras in these
students’ classrooms will provide evidence in cases of abuse, and will
also protect teachers who face wrongful accusations.”
From Georgia from the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Georgia illegally segregates thousands of students with behavioral
disorders in schools that often are dirty, in poor repair and, in some
cases, once served as blacks-only facilities before court-ordered
integration, the U.S. Department of Justice charged Wednesday.
In a strongly worded letter to Gov.
Nathan Deal and Attorney General Sam Olens, the DOJ said the state is
“unnecessarily segregating students with disabilities from their peers.”
Further, the letter said, those students receive inferior instruction
and have few if any opportunities to participate in extracurricular
The so-called GNETS schools date to 1970 and once were officially known
as “psycho-ed” institutions. About 5,000 students attend the schools,
often after their home schools have declared their behavioral or mental
health issues to be disruptive for other children.
At a school in Cordele, students with behavioral disorders must use
segregated restrooms. They have separate lunch periods. They have to
enter through a special door and, unlike their peers without
disabilities, pass through a metal detector.
In Rome, students in the GNETS program aren’t allowed to engage with other students – or even leave the basement.
“School,” one student said, “is like prison where I am in the weird class.”
On a much more hopeful note, from Ollibean on the 25 years of ADA and one young woman's ask so she could attend a favorite band's concert.