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Facade of the La Zarzuela college in Torrejón de Ardoz, one of many 700 most well-liked facilities with a TEA classroom.@josedsacristan (Torrejón de Ardoz City Council)

The Minister of Education, Science and Universities of the Community of Madrid, Emilio Viciana, introduced this Thursday that he’ll depart “without effect” the controversial academic decision 254 on school rooms for preferential consideration to college students with particular academic wants derived from autism spectrum dysfunction ( TEA) and that “new criteria” shall be utilized for the subsequent course. The announcement, made within the Madrid Assembly through the management session of the regional authorities, represents a victory for the affected households, for the professionals and unions within the sector, who denounced that it might imply a rise in ratios with out hiring extra academics. However, the counselor has not given any clue in regards to the “new criteria” that may govern these courses at a time when the facilities are already getting ready the brand new course. When requested by this newspaper, the ministry has not superior the final strains of the brand new decision both. This is the second rectification of the day by Councilor Viciana, who has additionally renounced in the present day the plan to embed a European college in Ramiro de Maeztu.

Viciana defined that the choice on the TEA school rooms has been made after assembly with associations comparable to Segundo Maestro and People with Specific Language Disorders of Madrid (Atelma) and has indicated that they’ve determined to attend for the tip of this course to make the choice with the target of facilitating its sensible utility and starting to place the brand new standards into follow “starting next year.” And what’s going to these standards be? “What the counselor has announced is what there is,” an Education spokesperson instructed this newspaper.

TEA school rooms had been created in 2001 and, at present, there are 700 most well-liked facilities with 855 of those courses, during which specialised assist is offered to those minors. The doc, which arrived on October 20 with the course already began, generated, in line with these affected, “a great alarm” and put all fronts on a battle footing, from academics to unions, associations and households, as a result of It meant a “full-fledged cut” and a “bomb” that opened the door to elevating the ratios and for courses, as a substitute of reducing in college students, to extend from 5 to seven. And with out growing the variety of academics. Unions and households, who’ve collected 35,185 signatures in opposition to the doc, demonstrated in entrance of the ministry's headquarters in November.

What was most worrying was the potential of growing the variety of ASD kids per classroom. “Up to five students will be enrolled in school” as till now, the textual content said, though it added that “in an exceptional manner”, it might be expanded by two extra if there are different siblings within the middle, in districts or localities the place the lecture rooms are full or “in any other exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the director.”

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Another level that was particularly criticized was the mobility of academics. Until now, the specialists in these minors had been devoted completely to the ASD school rooms, however the decision left them on the disposal of the director to cowl the absences of different academics on the middle, in order that they feared that they might be compelled to go away kids unattended. In addition, it established new entry standards to entry these school rooms: as a substitute of a psychological examination of minors, mother and father can be requested to current a neurological or psychiatric examination and “the same level of autonomy as children of their age.”

Education, nevertheless, denied all criticism. When the decision was printed, a spokesperson admitted to this newspaper that the ratio may very well be raised to seven, however clarified that “in no case will more than five be attended to simultaneously” in these school rooms. “The resolution at no time gives instructions on sick leave coverage or on attention to students who do not have special educational needs,” he mentioned in regards to the criticism that the Special Education academics of the Therapeutic Pedagogy (PT) specialty and people of Hearing and Language (AL), who’re in control of ASD college students, turn out to be obtainable to the director.

Viciana's announcement is available in response to a parliamentary query from PSOE deputy Emilia Sánchez Prieto, who has accused the ministry of making use of academic “segregation” “based on disability” with its Special Education mannequin, one thing that, in her opinion, of the socialists, “fails to comply with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”

In response, Viciana has assured that the regional authorities has as a precedence “the freedom of choice of families and students”, defending Special Education in opposition to Lomloe “as with the rest of educational modalities.” Thus, he has defended that the Community “more than complies” with the rules and has inspired the socialist bench to resort to the “mechanisms that the State puts at its disposal”, until “the amnesty, the colonization of the institutions and the pointing out to judges makes them think that they cannot trust the system.” In any case, the counselor has ruled that “every student can be enrolled in school” and the Special Education units in the Community of Madrid are “especially respectful of disabled students for real and non-demagogic inclusion.”

In the withdrawal of a resolution that “has done so much harm to boys and girls with autism.” For its part, CC OO Madrid is evaluating this “self-annulment.” “This resolution was appealed by CC OO in the Superior Court of Justice of Madrid and was pending sentencing. In addition, we had sent a request to the Ministry of Education to act,” Isabel Galvín, head of Education for the union, told this newspaper. “CC OO congratulates itself on this success of the union action through the courts, although it regrets being forced to go to these extremes so that the department reconsiders actions that undermine attention to diversity and public schools,” Galvín has concluded.

“Revoking resolution 254 means having an opportunity to work and decide actions in a consensual manner with the entire Educational community. Such an important topic requires deep reflection and debate to be able to agree on actions that meet the needs of the students. The educational system must adapt to the students and not the other way around. Inclusion, in the 21st century, should be a priority, since without inclusion, there is no education,” declared Carmen Morillas, president of the Francisco Giner de los Ríos Federation of Parents Associations (FAPA).

Plena Inclusion Madrid has applauded the announcement in a statement, in which it has stressed that this decision “responds to the request of organizations and associations” like them, which have been alerting the regional government for “months” of the “deterioration in the educational quality of the students.” with intellectual or developmental disabilities as a consequence of said resolution.” Looking ahead to the next academic year, Plena Inclusion has put “its entire network of entities” at the disposal of the department to establish “a consensual strategy that will ensure the good of the boys and girls, guaranteeing the proper functioning of the centers and work. of professionals.”

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