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Alabama state school board member wants to institutionalize special needs students to boost test scores

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A member of the state-wide Alabama Board of Education wanted to know why the state couldn’t force parents to put their special needs children into institutions so that test scores would increase in the schools.

A recent op-ed on AL.com explained that the state’s test scores are suffering, but instead of blaming decreases in school funding or lack of funding for recruiting the best and most experienced teachers or even school supplies, Ella Bell is blaming special needs children.

According to the Department of Education the number of children age 3-21 utilizing special education services accounts for 13 percent of all public school children.

Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, students, regardless of disability, are allotted every opportunity their non-disabled counterparts have. They’re entitled to an education in the same environment as their peers, “to the greatest extent appropriate.”

“Is it against the law for us to establish perhaps an academy on special education or something on that order,” Bell wondered, “so that our scores that already are not that good would not be further cut down by special-ed’s test scores involved?”

Bell’s colleagues referred to the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) rule but she didn’t seem to understand what it meant.

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“It doesn’t matter about that. You can make it the least restrictive environment,” she claimed. “I’m trying to see if you can move them out.”

Alabama Superintendent Michael Sentance mentioned genius physicist Stephen Hawking, who would be considered “special needs” because he is confined to a wheelchair and must speak through a sensor activated by a muscle in his cheek.

“I’m just saying those who have special needs are truly not folks like [Hawking],” Bell responded. “It’s almost not fair for LAMP [Loveless Academic Magnet Program in Montgomery] and them not to have special-ed folk to bring them down.”

Bell seemed to believe that special education or special needs students somehow “bring down” their peers due to their disabilities.

The state typically builds individualized education plans for students that abide by the IDEA law.

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‘White woman problems’: Twitter stomps ‘lifestyle guru’ after she goes berserk over checkout glitch at Target

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A self-described "lifestyle guru" and TV host is coming under fire after she raged on Twitter about problems purchasing items at Target.

In a tweet on Saturday, Meaghan Mooney demanded Target "make good" after she was not able to immediately purchase a cart filled with goods.

"I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY???" Mooney wrote. "And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?!"

Hey @Target — I just filled my l cart w/ hundreds of $ of merch I need TODAY, but REGISTERS ARE DOWN GLOBALLY??? And NOW after I begging your staff to put my items on hold, I only have till EOD?? 1 inconvenience after the next. How will you be making good w us consumers?! #Target pic.twitter.com/4KQTtdNv0M

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MSNBC guest ridicules Trump-fan Steve Cortes as possible Sarah Sanders replacement: ‘He’s a nut — have you seen him on TV?’

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Discussing the departure of Donald Trump's spokesperson Sarah Sanders from the White House, an MSNBC panel surveyed her possible replacements with one ridiculed for his appearances on TV defending the president.

Speaking with "AM Joy" fill-in host Jonathan Capehart, The Beat DC editor Tiffany Cross shot former Trump associate Stever Cortes -- a regular on CNN -- down as a possible candidate.

"There are names that are out there," Capehart suggested. "[Meliania Trump spokesperson] Stephanie Grisham and Hogan Gidley and Steve Cortes."

Pointing out that Grisham is the most likely contender, and the Trump would probably prefer a woman, Cross called out Cortes for his TV appearances.

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Can at least half the 2020 Democrats please quit right now?

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OK, Democrats — you’ve had your fun. You grew up being told that everybody could run for president, and then everybody did. Except that this mad anthill scramble of presidential candidates, which resembles a bunch of kindergarteners descending on not enough cookies, really hasn’t been fun so far. All you’ve managed to do is put the fear of God — or the fear of the other guy, more like — into the voters, provoking widespread PTSD flashbacks to November 2016.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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