The Special Needs Parents Association is calling for ALL parents to attend demonstrations next Wednesday 26th June across the country.
Call to Action- demonstrations planned against the latest cuts to Special Education
Yet again the government has targeted children with special educational needs by imposing another 10-12% cut in their resource hours from September, on top of the 15% reduction sanctioned since 2011. Mainstream schools, already struggling to cope, will have to decide how best to share scant resources among pupils who are entitled to 25% MORE help than they will actually receive with an increase of 8,500 extra pupils qualifying for resource hours since 2011.
Reports are coming from parents of SNA hours being cut from pupils whose needs have not changed, making it increasingly more difficult to successfully progress through school.
- The financial allocation for special education needs in 2011 was €1.3 billion and the allocation in 2013 is €1.3 billion
-The number of children requiring resource teaching hours will rise by 4,000 from 2012 to 42,500 for the coming school year
- 2,000 additional children will need SNAs in September (22,000 children in total)
-Children with special needs are being suspended and expelled from mainstream schools that can no longer cope without adequate supports
-Children qualifying for July Provision this year who also have siblings that qualify, are being discriminated under the "class grouping" principle by being given a single allocation of 40 hours to share without taking into account that no SNAs are provided in the home setting to support a tutor with 2 or more children. In schools providing July Provision, each class of 6 children gets one tutor & 2 SNAs.
-Children with special needs are one of the few groups in society being asked year on year to do more with less resources without considering the long term impact
Please come out next Wednesday and shout
No Supports, No Education, No Future
For details of demonstrations taking place across Ireland click HERE