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There is a Precedent for Cameras in the Classroom

September 10, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

I recently ran across a Special Education Hearing Officer decision from a couple of years ago in Pennsylvania that I found fascinating.  The question at hand was, “Is the student’s educational program reasonable calculated to provide FAPE in the least restrictive environment (“LRE”)?”  The student has a rare, genetic disease that manifests itself into a condition called hyperimmunoglobulinema-D (HIDS).  Because of this, there are periods of time every month where he couldn’t be in the classroom to learn and he was missing a lot of instruction.  During these periods of time when he couldn’t be in the classroom to learn the school set up a webcam room on campus. Read the rest of this entry →

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Cameras in Special Needs Classrooms, Not so Fast.

July 18, 2012 in Special Education Advisor Blog by Doug Goldberg

I get it, I get it, step away from the computer screen and count to ten.  Now before you start flaming me, based only on the title of this blog, please read it in its entirety.  At first blush placing cameras in classrooms for students with special needs sounds like a wonderful idea.  At second blush, my analytical mind takes over, and I keep coming up with more questions than answers.  I understand the reasons for doing it: Read the rest of this entry →

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