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Do Distressed Students Have a Right to Trauma-Sensitive Schooling?

September 3, 2019

By: Sarah D. Sparks
Source: Education Week

In California, Peter was suspended or expelled from school after school after being abused by his mother’s boyfriends and taken into foster care.

In Arizona, Stephen lived with his grandparents in deep poverty on the Havasupai reservation and struggled to learn in a severely understaffed school in the middle of Grand Canyon National Park.

In New York, Maria left her middle school midyear, after years of physical and sexual harassment and bullying led to a drop in grades and constant anxiety.

All three young people have been identified with learning disabilities and all three say their repeated traumas complicate their special education needs.

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