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MCPS Rolls Out New Program for Children Without ADHD

Fall 2005

ROCKVILLE, MD—Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jerry Weast announced today that he has created a new program for children who do not suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The move comes as a response to the No Child Left Behind Act, which includes a provision requiring “fair, equal and significant” access to high-quality education for all children and holds schools accountable for the test scores of minority groups within the school.

Proponents of special education hailed the Superintendent for responding aggressively to an unmet need. “These are students who have been failed by the status quo,” said local special education advocate Marina Foss. “It’s a travesty when the kids with the longest attention spans get the least attention. And besides, they require completely different testing conditions.”

Some local parents of children without ADHD are less sanguine. A group of thirty parents and children protested the new program outside School Board headquarters during the press conference, holding signs that read “We’re Here, We’re Clear, We’re Focused!” Rick Shaw, a parent of a sixth grader with no diagnoses, said his group wants the children mainstreamed with the rest of the school population. “Putting these kids in a special program, that just labels them for the rest of their lives. We don’t want our children to feel different.”