In New York, this school year was the first year neighborhood schools were required to accept students with special needs into regular classrooms. They've made the transition with the aid of high-tech gadgets. You can hear that story online.
Michelle Buetow says we could learn something from New York's experiment. She's co-president of Seattle's Special Education PTSA. She says although Seattle is a high-tech city, its approach to special education is decidedly low-tech. She says “it’s borderline criminal that a city built on high-tech resources has chosen not to fund these kinds of gadgets for students with special needs.” But school districts strapped for cash have struggled to find money for these kinds of technologies.
Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 5:
- New Pakistan Prime Minister
- John Cash's "At Folsom Prison" Turns 40.
- John Talton on China's Soft Power
- Schools Address Students' Special Needs Using High-Tech Gadgets
- Turkish Protests
- Doing Business In Burma
- Underground Trade Part 3: The Business of Trafficking
- Seattle's John School
- The Singing Telegram
- Writer's Almanac
- Khaled Hosseini's "And the Mountains Echoed"
- Using Your Sunscreen Correctly To Prevent Skin Cancer
- Low Cost Leases Prompt an Increase in Plug-In Car Sales