‘We can’t do it alone’: Parents demand help for children who don’t want to learn from video
NOLA, LA— Parents and educators in New Orleans are demanding more support from state and local officials to help struggling students learn to read and write.
The school district, which has about 100,000 students, recently released a video outlining its strategies to help students understand the written word and learn to learn.
It’s the latest in a series of videos released by New Orleans schools that are designed to help kids who are struggling with reading and writing.
“We need more help to help our students get through the day,” said Melissa Odom, a principal at the New Orleans Public School District, adding that her district needs more help from state lawmakers.
New Orleans public schools have had a rough year in recent years, with more than $1 billion in budget cuts.
While the district recently made improvements, the numbers of students in special education and the district’s number of students enrolled in the public school system is below pre-recession levels.
Many of those students are students with learning disabilities, which makes learning difficult for many.
“If we don’t get more help, we’re going to continue to lose students,” said Kaitlin T. Jackson, a former teacher who now works as a speech pathologist at a nearby hospital.
The video is part of a nationwide push by parents, educators, and the American Psychological Association to increase the amount of support that is available for students with disabilities.
A spokesperson for the APA, which advocates for students, said in a statement that while the agency supports parents in reaching out for help, it is “committed to ensuring that students who have learning disabilities can access resources that enable them to succeed and achieve their educational goals.”
A growing number of districts are also stepping up to help with the learning needs of students with intellectual disabilities.
The American Association of School Psychologists said last month that nearly 3.7 million students with cognitive disabilities have been enrolled in at least one accredited school in the United States since 2010.
Many of the state’s other school districts have also adopted strategies to assist students with reading, writing and math skills.
New Orleans is the latest district in the country to take advantage of the new federal education funding for families with disabilities, said Amy Gebhardt, director of the National School Psychologist Association.
“The federal government has done a tremendous job of making it easier to educate kids who have disabilities,” she said.
The APA is asking states to provide $1.9 billion in federal education dollars to help states provide services and resources to help families with intellectual disability.
“I think we need to be doing this now, before it’s too late,” said Jackson.
School districts across the country are also seeking ways to support students with behavioral and cognitive disabilities.
In 2016, the New York State Education Department announced a new $3 billion plan to improve the educational outcomes of students who are learning to read, write and think differently.
The initiative will focus on teaching and learning skills in kindergarten through third grade, with an emphasis on literacy and numeracy, according to a press release.
Last year, a bipartisan group of states introduced the first national education budget for families and students with developmental disabilities.
And in April, the U.S. Department of Education announced a $5 billion initiative to support families and teachers with special education needs.
A spokesperson for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told MSNBC that his administration is committed to supporting states with a more effective approach to helping students with academic needs.
“Our schools need to know they can reach students who need them and have the support they need to do so,” the spokesperson said.