The mother of a three year old Regina girl was at the Legislature to ask for more education supports for special needs children.
Three year old Ru McDonald was supposed to be entering pre-school, but after a boy in Saskatoon drowned last year, she was denied a spot, the reason being the school didn’t believe they had the requisite assets to guarantee her safety.
Brittany McDonald brought forward some ideas to Question Period on Wednesday, just shortly after the government made her aware there would be a spot for Ru in a school now.
Education Minister Carla Beck noted while she’s glad to hear Ru now has a spot open for her, the government still needs to hear McDonald’s suggestions clearly.
“They aren’t outrageous demands,” stated Beck. “That we have a universal screening program, that children actually receive the EA support that is recommended, that we have an adequate number of speech pathologists and occupational therapists within the school system.”
In response, Education Minister Gord Wyant likewise stated he’s pleased to hear Ru has been offered a spot. He says the government is doing it’s part to invest in classrooms and supports in them.
“$7.5 million announcement about five weeks ago that this government made in mid-year funding,” he said. “Which will translate to $30 million in annual funding, which school divisions will have those resources at their disposal to do what they need to do.”
“I expect that there will be some additional resources made for autism and supports in the classroom.”
Wyant said in the end, this comes down to one thing: teachers doing their job and children being able to learn with proper supports in place.
“We want teachers to be able to teach. So when there’s children with intensive needs in classrooms, they need to be supported.”