Trump’s New AG Believes Destroying Protections For Disabled Kids Will Make Schools Great Again

Recently, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-Ark.) was named Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General.

This decision alarmed many, principally due to Session’s checkered history with race.

Back in 1986, Sessions was nominated by President Ronald Reagan for a federal judgeship. However, his nomination in the Senate was derailed after testimony from various sources regarding his racist behavior.

On Tuesday, Daily Kos released a report which seems to indicate that Sessions’ distaste for minorities may extend beyond racial boundaries.

Back in 2000, Sessions addressed what he felt were the biggest problems in today’s public schools and blamed them in part on “special treatment for certain children.”

“… we have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children, and that are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America. I say that very sincerely.

Teachers I have been talking to have shared stories with me. I have been in 15 schools around Alabama this year. I have talked to them about a lot of subjects. I ask them about this subject in every school I go to, and I am told in every school that this is a major problem for them. In fact, it may be the single most irritating problem for teachers throughout America today.”

That’s right, according to the senator, “The single most irritating problem for teachers throughout America today” is having to accommodate disabled and special needs children.

It’s well-documented that children with learning disabilities often have behavioral issues in school. But instead of trying to understand and address those disabilities, Sessions thinks we should go back to the old system of shaming, disciplining, and isolating those students.

If schools adopted Sessions’ mindset, we would have more dropouts and more crime. Not to mention more school bullying.

The Huffington Post reported that during the mid-1990s, when Sessions was Alabama’s attorney general, he fought against school equality after a judge ruled in favor of about 30 of the state’s poorest school districts who wanted reforms.

According to the New York Times, as the case languished in the court system, disability advocates were worried that disadvantaged schools would not be able to fund even the most basic needs for special needs children.

Fortunately for those children, the case ended in 1997, just after Sessions won his U.S. Senate seat.

It now seems that Sessions may have another shot at destroying the lives of disabled children as Alabama’s miracle bigot continues to fail upward.

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