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Quebec to re-examine school inclusion for kids with disabilities

April 20th, 2010

From the Montreal Gazette and CBC News, with earlier story from the Montreal Gazette:

Responding to complaints by teachers that they were being overwhelmed, the Quebec government has agreed to rethink the way it integrates students with disabilities in general education classrooms.

Teachers’ unions negotiating for a new contract have been demanding a limit of 10 percent on the number of students with disabilities included in each general education classroom.

Education Minister Michelle Courchesne doesn’t want integration at any cost, said her spokesperson, Tamara Davis. “We’re going to re-examine our admissibility criteria in (regular) courses,” Davis said.

The government isn’t turning away from integration, she said. “We’re going to be modifying it.

“It is to help the teachers’ workloads and also all students in their learning,” Davis said.

“We’re not excluding everybody and we’re not including everybody,” said Davis, adding the details still have to be worked out.

One Response to “Quebec to re-examine school inclusion for kids with disabilities”

  1. Jessica Says:

    What’s next? A limit on how many children who come from poverty because they have high needs? Come on! This is a major step backwards!! Maybe they need to reevaluate how the inclusion can be done better and advocate for better prepping/collaboration time rather than limits on students. Maybe stop clustering students into the “inclusion” classrooms and make all classrooms inclusive?

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