Monday, October 01, 2001

Special ed requires customized aid, lessons

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        On any given day, special-education teachers at Oak Hills High School tutor students in math, whisk them out the door to catch a van to their jobs and solve their locker problems.

        That's just a sample of the monumental task of educating 250 Green Township students with varying abilities and disabilities.

        Some will go to college. Some will seek jobs after graduation. And some will just go home — but not if their teachers can help it.

        Like all school districts, Oak Hills is bound by federal law to provide free special education for students whose mental, physical or emotional abilities require special teaching approaches, equipment or care inside or outside a regular classroom.

        Special-education students represent about 10 percent of Oak Hills High School's enrollment, mirroring the national average.

        “The number of kids has increased,” said Peg Mosher, the school's special-education department head. “More kids are being diagnosed with disabilities, and they're being better served.”

        All Oak Hills students, even the most severely disabled, are included in regular classes for at least part of the day.

        The Bridgetown school has 16 full-time certified staff for special education and 10 aides.


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