Before you drown me with "I can't believe what that headline said”, hear me out. The article below discusses in a rational fashion the damage to Flint, Michigan's young student population because of the toxic levels of lead in their drinking water. Thank the good Lord. Those kids will get help and services. They drank water. Safe water, right? No. Their water was tainted with lead. Lead is a known neurotoxin removed from gasoline and paint decades ago. And supposedly in "safe" levels in our drinking water.
Special education rates have been increasing for decades. Our own Anne Dachel runs a website that only publishes article about the burden of growing special education on districts across America and even worldwide. She has thousands of articles. Take a look at Loss of Brain Trust. You'll be shocked to see how local media is on top of the changes in their schools.
The article below tracks children exactly five years after the exposure of high lead levels in the water. 20% of 5 year olds are eligible for special education. TWENTY PERCENT. But what was the number 6 years ago? This is also the flu vaccine birth cohort. And the most heavily vaccinated pediatric group in the history of medicine. We can talk about water. We can point the finger at water. We can (and should) demand safe water. No one owns a patent on water. No company spends millions protecting & promoting water. Politicians don't get donations from clouds. As Senator Dick Pan said in 2015,
"You know what's the most dangerous substance in vaccines?"
"More children die of water toxicity, than anything else that's in the vaccine!"
Indeed. No one will be called "anti-water."
source: Laura Hayes
From EdWeek: In Flint, Schools Overwhelmed by Special Ed. Needs in Aftermath of Lead Crisis
Years after reports surfaced of alarmingly high lead levels in the water system, the toll of the crisis is becoming clear: At least 1 in 5 students in Flint's public schools are eligible for special education—and the school system is buckling under the weight of federal requirements and costs for providing programs and services.
The percentage of special education students has increased by 56 percent, rising from 13.1 percent in 2012-13, the school year before the water crisis began, to 20.5 percent last school year.
Schools are understaffed. Teachers are overwhelmed. Parents are frustrated.
"It's been a fight," said Maxine Onstott, a leader of a citywide special education parent-advocate group. Her autistic 6-year-old son, Maximilliano, began kindergarten this month. "There [are] a lot of children right now that are not getting the services they need and that are not getting the support they deserve to get from the schools."
The fallout in Flint could foreshadow problems in other districts. Schools across the country have found elevated lead levels in drinking water.