Inclusive education campaigners are supporting par

first_imgInclusive education campaigners are supporting parents and their disabled children today (Thursday) as they take part in marches around the country to highlight the special educational needs and disability (SEND) funding crisis.Parents are calling for reform of the SEND system, increased funding, and improved accountability and assessment, as well as an end to a culture which “encourages the blaming, shaming and dismissal of parents of young people with SEND”.Marches are set to take place across England and Wales, in more than 25 locations including Liverpool, Yorkshire, Sussex, Birmingham, Derby, Reading and Widnes, with one leading to the handover of a petition in Downing Street.The SEND National Crisis campaign has been set up by two parents of disabled children, and it has been backed by The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), which said disabled pupils had been increasingly excluded from schools and pushed out of mainstream education.Simone Aspis (pictured), ALLFIE’s policy and campaigns coordinator, said: “The funding cuts are creating rife disablism and disability-related discrimination in our mainstream education system.“For the first time in history, more disabled pupils with [education, health and care plans] are being educated in special schools than in mainstream ones.“This needs to stop right now – this government has a duty to promote inclusive education among disabled pupils.”Nadia Turki, one of the founders of SEND National Crisis, said: “We have decided to act instead of repeatedly say the words ‘we need to do something’.“I’ve been saying this for almost two years now and nothing has changed to the effect of making a positive difference to education provisions and access for disabled children and young people.“We believe that now is the time to stand together and let our voices and the voices of our young people be heard.”She added: “This crisis is leaving thousands of individuals emotionally and physically exhausted due to the direct failings of our local authorities and the discrimination faced when trying to access their fundamental right to an education.“There are so many of us struggling and battling an unfair system for our children or the people we care for and it is an exhausting process that hammers us into the ground daily.”Next month, ALLFIE is also supporting a judicial review case being taken at the high court by three families with disabled children.The families believe inadequate government funding is not allowing councils to fulfil their legal obligations to support disabled pupils.ALLFIE wants the court to make “an explicit declaration” that the government’s level of funding of SEND is unlawful because it fails to provide the support that disabled pupils need to “flourish within mainstream education on a par with their non-disabled peers”.It also wants new guidance that will make it clear that the government has to ensure sufficient funding for schools and councils to fulfil their legal duties to “promote the presumption of mainstream education free from disability-related discrimination”.In response to plans for the march, children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “Our ambition is for every child, no matter the challenges they face, to have access to a world class education that sets them up for life.“Funding for the high needs budget is a priority for this government and we know that councils and schools are facing pressures – that’s why in December, we provided an extra £250 million up to 2020 to help manage these costs.“This takes the total amount that we have allocated for high needs funding to £6.3 billion this year, compared to £5 billion in 2013.“At the same time, the education secretary has been clear that we are working closely with the sector as we approach the spending review, we have launched a call for evidence to make sure the funding system is getting money to the right places at the right time and we are revising the SEND code of practice to improve ways to identify and meet special educational needs.”His department said it also planned to spend £31.6 million to train more educational psychologists, who play an important role in identifying special educational needs and contributing to education, health and care needs assessments.A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Voters Turn Out Early in SF Mission

first_imgOn Alabama Street. Hua-Zang Si Buddhist temple on 22nd StreetDennis Teo says the two most important ballot issues were those concerning education and BART. Photo by Lydia Chávez Monte Sinai Iglesia de DiosJesus Teran. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe church at 22nd and Alabama streets saw a line out the door and around the block in the morning, a poll worker said, but was relatively quiet by lunchtime. Near 2 p.m., a lot of the voters were Spanish speaking and sought translation from a bilingual volunteer.Jesus Teran, who dropped off a mail-in ballot at the polling place, was not overwhelmed by the dozens of local and state propositions on the ballot this year — he knew how to vote on many of them, he said, and simply googled the others.“That really helped,” he said. Of particular importance, he said, was marijuana legalization, the soda tax, the drug price changes, and Proposition O — the life on office space restriction for a major development in the Bayview-Hunter’s Point.“That area needs a little bit to bring it up more,” he said.Donald Trump signs left on the corner of 22nd and Harrison streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Polling Place on Alabama Street near 25th Street. “Some people were here 20 minutes early,” said Jeremy, a poll worker at a garage on Alabama Street.Jeremy, a poll worker outside a station on Alabama Street. “Some people were here 20 minutes early,” said Jeremy. Photo by Lydia Chávez 22nd and ShotwellDavid Werlin at 22nd and Shotwell streets. Photo by Lola M. ChavezCesar Chavez Elementary School on Election Day. Photo by Lola M. ChavezDavid Werlin, a volunteer for the Ronen campaign, stood at a corner down the block from a polling station at Cesar Chavez Elementary School. He said a steady stream of voters had been coming to the school all day and that it “never really stopped.” Werlin himself said he was most concerned with state propositions, like the death penalty repeal and the extension of the personal income tax, but that his 16-year-old daughter had him stumping for Proposition F to lower San Francisco’s voting age.“She’s more informed of what’s going on than a lot of 30 year olds,” he said. Mission Local will be visiting polling places throughout the day, asking voters and others what local issues stood out for them. Check out our story on where to vote and where to watch the election results.Evening Dispatch – 8 p.m. Voters turned out strongly in the mornings, poll workers said, and in the northern Mission, voters were busy filling out ballots in the evening still, even if the surge may not have been as strong as in the morning.“It’s been busy in the morning, after that it got quiet,” said Scott Wade Bickmore, a poll worker at 15th Street near Guerrero streets who has worked at the polling place for two elections. Community Center in Garfield ParkPolling station at the youth center in Garfield Park. Photo by Lydia Chávez“There were people lined up when we opened,” said Jessica Sanchez, a poll worker at the Youth Community Center who has worked at the center in earlier elections. “It seems like it is going to be as big as the Obama election.” In that election, turnout in San Francisco reached 79 percent. She said the length of the ballot meant that people need more time to vote.Will Ives, a voter who exited the station, said passing the soda tax was particularly important. 0% On 25th StreetAntonio Aquilera, a campaign worker for Hillary Ronen, was handing out flyers. “Locally, I’m really excited about the office of the public advocate,” he said referring to Proposition H, which would create an elective office and agency to advocate for residents. “It’s a different mechanism at City Hall.” Fire Station at 19th and ShotwellNumber of ballots read at 1:05 p.m. at the 19th and Shotwell fire station polls. Photo by Lola M. ChavezThe fire station at 19th and Shotwell streets on Election Day. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPoll workers said turnout was high throughout the day, but had come down by lunchtime. Because the polling station is inside a firehouse, a poll worker said the firemen sometimes have to use the lockers near the voting booths — and one fire meant a truck had to be dispatched a few feet from where people were voting.“That was a little intense,” said one worker.Maria Forde, a Mission resident, said the local ballot was a bit daunting, given its length, but she relied on a voters guide she often makes use of.“I used the Pissed Off Voters Guide,” she said, referring to the left-leaning guide.It was the national election that had her the most worried, however. She voted for Clinton “out of necessity,” and said the Trump phenomenon had her curling up in bed, scouring the internet to distract herself.“I had to watch cat videos with my boyfriend just to clear my mind.” Morning Report — 10 a.m.Poll workers in southern Mission District precincts reported today that the early turnout has been strong, with many saying that there were lines when they opened up at 7 a.m.Despite the acrimonious national election, there was a sense of exuberance on the streets where campaign workers proliferated at the edges of the polling stations, handing out literature and talking to voters as they made their way into the polling stations.“We had a pretty heavy rush hour of people going to work,” said Sally, a poll worker at Synergy School on Valencia and 25th streets. “People seem to be upbeat.”The first tabulation of results will come at 8:45 p.m., according to San Francisco election officials. More than half of the city’s voters mail in their ballots and the first results will be this tabulation. Registration in the Mission District is up by nearly 6,000 voters. The most important issue on the ballot Octavio Sajun, “housing,” Veronica Serrano, “education,” and Samantha Peraza, definitely education and funding for City College.” All were on their way to drop off their ballots. Bert Palaez watering his front yard on Alabama Street. Photo by Lydia ChávezFor Bert Palaez who has lived in the Mission District since 1971, the cigarette tax was one of the most important measures on the ballot.A smoker, he still “thinks they should raise it.” It will make people “think about smoking.” And, for himself, he said, it will “make me slow down.” Outside of Synergy School on Valencia StreetKatelyn Gibbons. Photo by Lydia ChávezKatelyn Gibbons came prepared. She had a printed-out sample ballot and her notes on each measure. “It’s super-important that everyone get out to vote,” said Gibbons. For her, the measures on homeless tent encampments, marijuana legalization, and the soda tax were particularly important. She opted for Scott Wiener over Jane Kim, based on Kim’s opposition to Proposition Q that would outlaw tents. The Mission District has what few neighborhoods can claim – an independent news site that doesn’t aggregate, but instead has feet on the ground – reporters who talk to residents, reporters who research and reporters who keep you informed. Our business model is you. Join today. On Alabama and 26th streets.  Cesar Chavez Elementary School. At the legal distance from the polling station at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Supervisor Candidate Joshua Arce was handing out flyers and greeting voters. At the corner of Garfield ParkRobert Alfaro, a campaign worker. Photo by Lydia Chávez“There’s just a slew of important issues,” said Robert Alfaro, who lives on Lucky Street. “We need to keep low-income folks in their homes. We’re trying to make sure we can get jobs in our community.” Alfaro, who was born and raised in the Mission District, said he can remember “when people didn’t want to come here back in the day and now I see people walking their dogs and jogging. They should engage more. I hope as time passes that people will care more about the history of this place.” 22nd Street Rachel Stoltzfus and Emelyn Erickson out campaigning for Proposition S, which will allocate a portion of the city’s tax to arts and homeless programs. Today, given the high turnout of a presidential election year, the polling place needed two extra voter booths to accommodate the surge. But some voters who came during the day, Bickmore said, were able to enjoy the sunlight in a courtyard at the polling place while they filled out their ballots.Outside, a few voters chatted about the election.“One of the things I’m so blessed, is that Hillary is going to be our new president,” said voter Peaches. “Donald Trump, in this campaign, he played this blame game.”“I will be so glad for it to be over so they can put him on the other side of a wall,” concurred another voter, who gave her name as Miss Figgy.At a UCSF building at Folsom and 15th streets, poll worker Ed Chan also said people generally voted in the morning.“They came early,” Chan said. “I guess people wanted to see the results.”Four years ago, he remembered, voters were waiting to vote until quite late in the day.At Marshall Elementary School, on the other hand, there was an evening surge – not enough to form a long line, but enough to fill the voting stations.One 17-year resident of the Mission District voted for the first time on Tuesday. Jean, originally from France, was struck by the range of items on the ballot, from federal to the most hyperlocal.“It’s confusing to realize how much of the process is manual,” he noted. “It relies on extensive education. I expected a more sophisticated process.”For one woman, Ms. D. Smith, the identity of the Mission District was being decided on the ballot.“We don’t want to lose the Mission. I want a location we can identify with.” the Joshua Arce supporter said. “This district gave my African Amercian child an opportunity to go to school here and to speak, read and write fluent Spanish.”Afternoon Dispatch — 3 p.m.Two volunteers for Hillary Ronen’s campaign got a rude greeting Tuesday afternoon when a man pulled up to the corner of 22nd and Florida streets near 1:20 p.m. and began swearing at the volunteers with sexist language.“I don’t talk to bitch-ass women, I only talk to men,” the man said, according to Elizabeth Creely, who was at the corner with another volunteer handing out flyers for Ronen and other candidates down the street from a polling station. Creely said the man drove a silver sedan and had asked the pair where he could vote. When Creely began answering, he swore at her.Elizabeth Creely and Bartek Rost at 22nd and Florida streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez“He came out of the care and starts yelling,” said Bartek Rost, the other Ronen volunteer.“He was going, ‘I’m from the neighborhood,’” said Creely. “Oh so you’re from this neighborhood and that gives you the right?”Creely and Rost called the police after the man drove off and two officers answered the call, meeting with the volunteers at the corner before getting in a patrol car to search around. Yoel Gonzalez on Alabama Street waiting for work.“I can’t vote but I am with Hillary. The other señor is sick,” said Yoel Gonzalez who added that the two most important issues for him are opening up job opportunities and making the roads safe. He said he walks a lot in the Mission and the drivers are often “drunk and don’t know how to drive and don’t stop for the pedestrian.” Joshua Arce, supervisor candidate for District 9.Arce said, he was happy with how the campaign had been going and especially pleased with his endorsement from Dolores Huerta, the co-founder of the United Farmworkers Union. Just recently, he said, his family had found photographs of his grandparents working in the fields.Michael Chen, from the new pro-development Yimby (Yes-In-My-Back-Yard) Party was also out in front of Cesar Chavez Elementary School handing out the Yimby Party’s endorsements, which include Arce in District 9.Chen said he was for any initiative that would get more housing in the Mission District.Maria Guerrero, a polling worker at the elementary school, said the turnout so far had been “very good.” At 7:15 a.m., “there was a long line” of people waiting to vote. 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Neighborhood Notes Art films and it is Carnaval Weekend

first_img Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Address Carnaval: The 40th AnniversaryWe’ve prepared a special page of history that you can look at here.  But even better is being a participant — going to the festival tomorrow and, at 3 p.m., enjoying a free performance by Los Tigres del Norte.  The party happens on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Harrison between 16th and 24th streets.The parade takes place Sunday on Mission Street, starting at 9:30 a.m.  Enjoy!center_img Accion Latina presents: New Mestizx Community media and cultural arts nonprofit Accion Latina’s new exhibition “New Mestizx” will open Friday, May 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Curated by Sami Schilf, the exhibit explores the intersections of cultural identity in the Bay Area.Schilf is a San Francisco native, multi-media artist and proud second-generation Mestizx. Her work plays with the tension between dissociation and reclamation of cultural identity, history and importance. The exhibition will take place at the Juan R. Fuentes Gallery located at 2958 24th Street. Twilight Tour: Amulet or He Calls it ChaosThe 500 Capp Street Foundation will be exhibiting Twilight Tour: Amulet or He Calls it Chaos on Thursday, May 30th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition’s home is the David Ireland House and plays with the art and space to create a disorienting yet transformative experience of reality. The foundation takes care of the house belonging to the late artist and uses the space to showcase the art of budding creators. The exhibit includes works by Mathis Altmann, Tony Cokes, Moyra Davey, Katharina Grosse, Rashid Johnson, Sherrie Levine and more. The David Ireland house is located at 500 Capp Street. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $15 for students. Purchase your tickets here.Hecho en Mexico: A Documentary Film SeriesThe Roxie Theater will be presenting the second edition of their Hecho En Mexico series from Friday, June 14 to Sunday, June 16. The series is made up of six documentaries and will be screened throughout the weekend. These films, which showcase the diversity and complexity of Mexican society, have never been shown in the United States. They document the stories of a former beauty queen and socialite, an Aguascalientes rapper, a teacher in remote Chiapas; a special relationship between Baja fishermen on a remote island, an armed indigenous resistance, and a family making one last attempt to cultivate their small plot of land. The filmmakers and special guests will be in attendance for a Q&A session. Tickets can be purchased for $13 at the door. Attendees can purchase an Hecho en Mexico pass for $60 to see all six films, attend the filmmaker Q&A, and a special guest reception on Saturday, June 15. Buy your passes here. Starman — Freddie Burretti: The man who sewed the worldFreddy Burretti and Pop Iconoclast David Bowie were the closest of friends; the latter was also a talented costume designer and stylist. Burretti designed a wardrobe for his genre-defying companion that redefined 1970s British culture and fashion.His exploits are captured in Starman — Freddie Burretti: The man who sewed the world. The screening is Monday, June 17, at 7 p.m. All proceeds go to benefit the GLBT Historical Society. The Roxie Theater is located at 3117 16th St. Buy your tickets here.Youth Speaks Presents: Queeriosity,  Slam Poetry Showcase In honor of LGBTQ Pride month in June, community arts organization Youth Speaks will celebrate by hosting Queeriosity, a free poetry and performance showcase on Saturday, June 8, at the Brava Theater, 2781 24th St. Queeriosity is one of Youth Speaks’ longest-running programs and explores personal and historical narratives that reframe perceptions of language, sexuality and gender. The event features some of Youth Speaks’ leading young voices and Angel Nafis, A New York poet and author of BlackGirl Mansion. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the show begins at 7. The event is free, but an RSVP is required. Register here. last_img read more

WANT to know whats happening in the Saints Supers

first_imgWANT to know what’s happening in the Saints Superstore?In a new regular slot we catch up with Merchandising Manager Steve Law to get the very latest from the Club’s retail hub.Feedback on Saints new kits for 2014 has been very positive. Both shirts have sold very well in the run up to Christmas with the Home Shirt “Red Vee” edging sales. Demand for the Away Kit in Kids’ sizes has exceeded all expectationsPlenty of shirts are currently left in stock to get yourself kitted out for the new season ahead.Hat’s Off To Our Saints’ Fans! The store trialled some new design hats in the run up to Christmas using alternative suppliers and they have proved very popular with fans young and old.Make sure you get yourself all wrapped up for match nights at Langtree Park and beyond.V Is Definitely For Value: 2014 Season Ticket Holders can produce their Season Ticket to obtain 10% off all Saints Kit, Trainingwear and Souvenirs for the 2014 Season. With value like that it makes even more sense to get yourself a Season Ticket.Pro Training Jerseys: Players will be warming up on match nights wearing the latest addition to the ISC Trainingwear range (pictured). This is a similar construction and weight to our replica shirt and the attractive Royal and Carbon design has already proved very popular. This is available in strictly limited in numbers (Adult Sizes only), so get yours now and really look the part.Heroes One And All: The printing machine at Saints Superstore was full steam ahead following the kit launch… and the new squad list… with fans getting their hero’s names firmly fixed to the back of their new shirts.There was also some other stranger printing requests… some of which were censored… and some old faithfuls like “Daddy 1” and “Grandpa” etc.The leader of the pack in terms of the number of shirts printed was Masoe 8, closely followed by Roby 9, and Soliola 11 whilst other new signings Amor 16 and Walsh 7 have already built up a following.We have also seen a significant number of requests for PRESCOTT 1, following the sad passing of ex Saints player Steve in early November.Don’t forget you can get your players name on your shirt next time you visit the store. Even if you have bought it already, we are happy to print using official Super League Letters and Numbers.New Year New Look: We are pleased to announce that a brand new look Webstore is currently in the last stages of production and testing and is expected to be completed by the end of January 2014.Look out for your new look Saints webstore coming soon!last_img read more

OUR Player of the Month networking event continues

first_imgOUR Player of the Month networking event continues this Thursday.Sponsored by Stapleton Derby, delegates can hear from inspirational speakers and congratulate the Player Of The Month before enjoying a session of networking with fellow guests.Then, they are free to watch the side’s final training run through before they take on Huddersfield.The event gets underway at 8:30am with breakfast.To find out more and to book, click here or email Gary Wilton.last_img