A few months ago, Parents Magazine and CNN hosted a joint luncheon with an array of moms in order to talk about the upcoming election. As a part of my new gig blogging about the election with parents.com, I had a chance to meet some awesome women and participate in a two-hour conversation with Soledad O’Brien as the moderator. The food was really good too.
Anyway, some portion of our conversation shows up in this month’s Parents Magazine: What Moms Want in a President. I’m quoted talking about special education, although I must say I would expand upon the thought if given the chance. I spoke up when the topic came around to education, and here’s what the article records:
Amy Julia Becker, 35, who defines herself as a moderate, has a 61/2-year-old daughter with Down syndrome, as well as a 4-year-old and a 20-month-old. Her older daughter received early intervention from the time she was born, sometimes with four in-home therapy visits per week, and now she’s in a mainstream classroom. “Schools are set up to say, ‘it costs x number of dollars per child,’ but it costs a lot more to educate my daughter than it does to educate another child,” she said. “We need to figure out what we want in our community. Do we want kids educated side by side? Do we want to send kids out of district? There are a lot of conversations we need to have.”
So, check out Parents Magazine, “What Moms Want in a President” and let me know what you think. And you’ll have more of my thoughts on this election next week…