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IS NOVA SCOTIA’S CURRENT TEACHER DISPUTE REALLY ABOUT INCLUSION?

I don’t think we want to talk about caps for special needs students,” said Casey. “What we need to make sure is that we have the appropriate programming in the right environment for all students.

It amazes me how successive Ministers of Education always seem to be able to find the right words and yet, just as consistently, seem unable to implement any meaningful changes to support inclusion. Be that as it may, any whisper of inclusion being an issue for anyone is enough to SCARE many parents.

Here is what you need to remember and preach to others. Inclusion is not an option. The balancing of what’s best for every individual student with special needs will of course vary, but inclusion is legally protected by:

  1. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms [sec. 15]
  2. The Nova Scotia Human Rights Act [ss. 4 & 5]
  3. The Nova Scotia Education Act*

I will soon be writing a much more in depth blawg post on this subject at A Primer on Special Needs and the Law

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