New Brunswick Releases New Policy on Inclusive Education - An Excerpt from ARCH Alert Issue of October 17, 2013
This article is excerpted from ARCH Alert issue of October 17, 2013
New Brunswick Releases New Policy on Inclusive Education
By Robert Lattanzio, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development in New Brunswick has recently released a comprehensive policy document outlining a framework for the implementation of an inclusive education model. The Education Minister, Jody Carr states, “Our ground-breaking Inclusive Education policy will facilitate the full participation of all students, whatever their abilities or needs, in positive learning environments in all New Brunswick schools”. New Brunswick has legislated inclusion in all schools for some time, but this document is the first of its kind to provide a detailed framework for educators and administrators.
Policy 322 clearly articulates the responsibilities of school principals’ to ensure that appropriate supports and accommodations are provided within an inclusive learning environment. The policy considers instances where other learning environments may be necessary but sets out clear criteria that must be met in those circumstances. The policy also clearly states that the following practices must not occur:
1) Segregated, self-contained programs or classes for students with learning or behavioural challenges, either in school or in community-based learning opportunities.
2) Alternative education programs for students enrolled in kindergarten to grade eight.
The policy also provides guidance in areas such as student discipline, crisis response, and funding. The policy is available online by using the following link: http://www.gnb.ca/0000/pol/e/322A.pdf
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