Kentucky schools address autism services after kids dragged

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Following two reports of educators dragging autistic students, a Kentucky school district has outlined a plan to improve services.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Fayette County Public Schools board discussed the recommendations Monday.

The proposals include installing more classroom surveillance cameras, an independent audit of autism-related programs, structured teaching and therapeutic classrooms, new positions tailored to special needs, and partnering with a post-secondary institution to create after-school programs and other services.

District officials say 717 students with autism receive district services.

In September, security video recorded a middle school teacher and nurse trying to persuade a boy to leave a gymnasium, before ultimately dragging him through hallways. And an October state report found evidence that an elementary school aide in August dragged a boy by the ankles for not cooperating.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com


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