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Paterson teachers’ union raises questions about online speech therapy program

By To the Editor
Published: April 13, 2017


The Paterson Education Association (P.E.A.) is deeply disturbed by the prospect of utilizing students at Paterson School Number 18 as test cases for Online speech-language therapy in place of utilizing a traditional teacher. According to the Paterson Times, the Paterson School District is mulling the idea of providing approximately eighty-five (85) students with this service “Over a secure video conferencing connection as part of a pilot program with DotCom Therapy.”

For those who do not know, special education in the Paterson Public Schools has been a complete disaster under the leadership of Dr. Donnie Evans. As it stands, in collaboration with the P.E.A., the Educational Law Center has recently filed numerous complaints against the Paterson School District as it relates to special education.  These complaints were made anonymously by parents and school employees due to the vindictive nature of the Evans.

If you are a parent reading this, you should be extremely angry.  The District’s preposterous decision raises more concerns than existed before.  For instance:

Finally, in classic Paterson Public Schools form, when discussing this proposal Cheryl Coy was quoted as stating, “She stumbled upon the services of DotCom.”  It is the Union’s sincere hope that the parents of our students in desperate need of specialized services in Paterson “stumble upon the services” of an expert Special Education lawyer and sue the District and all of the individuals responsible for hurting our children.

I have said it before, and I will say it again… Donnie Evans must go!

John McEntee, Jr.
President of the Paterson Education Association

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