Pupils with special educational needs to stage funding protests

theguardian | May 28, 2019

Thousands of families with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are to stage protests across England over funding cuts they say have left many pupils without adequate support and unable to attend school.Parents, disabled children and their supporters will march in more than 25 locations on Thursday, including London, Bristol, Birmingham, Widnes, Worthing, Stevenage, Leamington Spa, Matlock, Colchester and Dorchester. It is part of a campaign by families whose struggle to secure the support their children need to access education has pushed the issue of Send funding up the political agenda before the government’s forthcoming spending review.Among the protesters will be Emma Parker, a primary school teacher from Durham whose 13-year-old son, James, will hand in a petition to Downing Street calling on the government to end what campaigners say is a national crisis in Send funding and delivery.

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Shortly after congressional authorization, and tasked with the mission of accelerating innovation in education, Digital Promise convened leaders from some of the most innovative districts in the United States to identify common barriers and create and share new ideas and methods in education. We heard that districts needed solutions to support decisions around education technology (edtech) selection and procurement. After seven years of conducting and sharing research, supporting growth in districts’ research capacity, and becoming experts on the edtech landscape, Digital Promise understands that education leaders and educators need support discovering and selecting edtech products that attend to authentic educator and learner needs.

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