We’ll just cut the science labs to pay for it – no worries

Lawyer full employment act

Lawyer full employment act

Obama orders schools to include the handicapped in their regular sports programs. You may recall that Obama was reported to have thousands of hugely expensive regulations stacked up and ready to go after the election. Here they come.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Breaking new ground, the U.S. Education Department is telling schools they must include students with disabilities in sports programs or provide equal alternative options. The directive, reminiscent of the Title IX expansion of athletic opportunities for women, could bring sweeping changes to school budgets and locker rooms for years to come.

Schools would be required to make “reasonable modifications” for students with disabilities or create parallel athletic programs that have comparable standing as mainstream programs.

“Sports can provide invaluable lessons in discipline, selflessness, passion and courage, and this guidance will help schools ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to benefit from the life lessons they can learn on the playing field or on the court,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement announcing the new guidance on Friday.

Federal laws, including the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, require states to provide a free public education to all students and bans schools that receive federal funds from discriminating against students with disabilities. Going further, the new directive from the Education Department’s civil rights division explicitly tells schools and colleges that access to interscholastic, intramural and intercollegiate athletics is a right.

“This is a landmark moment for students with disabilities. This will do for students with disabilities what Title IX did for women,” said Terri Lakowski, who led a coalition pushing for the changes for a decade. “This is a huge victory.”


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21 responses to “We’ll just cut the science labs to pay for it – no worries

  1. Libertarian Advocate

    “Lawyer full employment act.”

    EXACTLY. Gotta reward your crooked faithful base.

  2. Cos Cobber

    Ditto LA.

  3. willy the weenie

    as a kid i was the last person picked for any team – i was the scrawny nonathletic type then and still am today. but it toughened my skin and made me more determined to excel in other ways. i think it’s awful to take disabled kids and throw them into a pack of athletes. it won’t teach the disabled kids anything and what’s the coach supposed to do – play every disabled kid just enough not to lose the game? as for having a separate school-based program, phooey. let parents organize that on their own nickel if they want their handicapped kids to play sports. i’m not going to pay for it, that’s for darn sure.

    • anonymous

      So why should the taxpayers pay for any school sports then? I say we just cut all sports and let the parents organize that on their own nickel if they want their kid to play sports.

      • Anon

        You must be the parent who doesn’t want kids sports to keep score too. School Sports teams are intended to win. Sure, blah blah teach team camaraderie. Blah blah include the handicapped kid. But if the playing field, pardon the pun, is leveled, then star athletes who hope to be recruited are missed. I’m all for sports for the handicapped. It’s critical to their development. But pleeze let’s not force the schools to do so. If some schools want to do this and can afford the integration, fine. To make it a law. No thank you.

      • TheWizard

        That’s going to eventually happen if their overall budgets keep bloating and they hit the tax ceiling.

  4. AJ

    Here we are; just a few days after the inaguration, and already we’re back to the Gods of Olympus, putting sports on a pedestal, that new tool of force-fed political correctness, and the latest in the never ending continuum of distraction.

    We can wipe out and disappear the seven years of the Tour de France that Lance won — everybody was doping, so who could you give the yellow jersey to: nobody. And who would even want to step forward and claim it. This entire episode was entirely conducted by the US anti-doping Agency: because as far as the Tour itself was concerned, they conducted whatever testing they conducted, the races were long since over, and it was already determined who won, placed, and showed — I’m sure they wouldn’t have wanted to touch that with a ten foot pole. It was all the work of a US agencey, and the Tour isn’t even a US event.

    They were also relentless in baseball and steroids, of all the things that came before the Bush Administration none was taken more seriously than this. They were determined to make sure they discredited every major hitter, but who’s to say the earlier records of baseball greats weren’t tainted, it’s always been human nature to go for whatever edge you can get, and nobody was looking back then. And the whole Pete Rose thing, to turn him into a persona non grata and discount all his records because he gambled, but not on baseball, it had nothing to do with throwing games. But all of it was very helpful in keeping your eye off the ball.

    But now, let’s get to the disraction you’ll never see. The issue of fraud in music. If “sport” is to held high on a pedestal, it but reaches to base of the pedestal that music should be placed on: it’s at the root of every hymn ever sung. What message are we sending to the children when the very core of youth culture, the live music concert is deceptive and a fraud. isn’t it time to thoroughly investigate this and bring integrity back to the live concert performance. Should anyone who’s lip synced be entitled to keep their Grammy Award? Should anyone who’s attended a lip synced concert be entitled to a refund. Why won’t congress act.

    Isn’t odd that the very story they used in schools to teach the lesson of honesty, that George Washington confessed to chopping down the cherry tree, is itself a fib?

  5. AJ

    What about academic underachievers, or academically handicapped if you prefer? Shouldn’t they be entitled to free in-home tutoring and a free computer?

  6. Anonymous2

    I seem to recall that knocked up teenage girls already get free taxpayer financed home tutors in this state.

    • You’d have to ask Walt about that – surely one of his five fillies ….

      • Walt

        Dude –
        If you are going to reward anyone, and give free handouts, why not the horny little sluts? At least they put out, and someone gets something for it. Instead you prefer to reward the folks who do NOTHING? You loser.

        Anyhows, what exactly is the point of this new legislation? Do we aspire for some kid in a wheelchair to be playing in the NBA someday, and slam dunking against Michael Jordan? And let’s make it a white kid while we are at it.

        Do we expect a kid with no legs to play hockey and score a goal against Wayne Gretkystmy? The greatest hockey player who ever lived? And let’s make that kid black while we are at it. Why not?

        Do we want some fat slob with a saggy ass and no fun bags to be Penthouse Pet of the month?

        Why do we think as a society, that all people, no matter the sex, no matter the race, no matter the IQ, MO MATTER WHAT, defying ALL LOGIC, and the rules of the Universe, ARE EXACTLY THE SAME? This makes no sense by any measure.

        But this is the path we are on. We pretend.

        But you pretend to be a “professional” dirt salesman and a “writer”, and you apparently have done OK. So maybe I am missing something. What is it? Maybe you can tell me. Why doesn’t talent and ability seem to matter anymore? And we chose to penalize it.

        You IQ deprived, unimaginative, handicapped, no talent hack little wretch.

        Just messing with you Dude!!
        You aren’t a wretch.

        Your Pal,

        • Peg

          Walt – one of my dearest childhood friends was ecstatic that her son’s school had “no winners.” What do I mean by this? The school judged that, irrespective of the outcome in sporting events, no one was ever called “the winner” because being “the loser” hurts. So – even though everyone on the planet knows that one child or one team has out-performed the other – they pretend that it didn’t happen so all “feel good.”


          As you say, that really ain’t the way life works. Life is a constant tug of war between winners and losers, those who achieve more and those who do less, those who are prettier and smarter and more charming and have more energy and various talents – than those who do not.

          It doesn’t mean that we don’t help those who need help. It doesn’t mean that the lesser among us are without value; really, most of us can achieve something, in our own way.

          But the notion that everyone can be “equal” to everyone else, or that children with significant disabilities should be performing the same sporting activities as healthy children is a ludicrous fiction that continues to ramp up and onward.

          Will this idiocy stop in my lifetime? I sure as hell hope so.

    • AJ

      The knockees but not the knockers? Sounds rather sexist to me.

  7. Anonymous

    The civil rights division of Arne Duncan’s DoE. Nothing good can come from there.

  8. jim

    After a few lawsuits it will mean the death of sports for poorer districts. It’s just easier and cheaper to quit than comply.

  9. Central Gwich

    Stupid. Bad for handicapped kids also. They won’t get playing time and certainly aren’t strong enough to handle themselves on the field. Normally these guys aren’t included socially anyway, sad but true, and having them forced on teams with really aggressive guys will only make it harder on them if they feel that they’re burdens.

  10. AJ Nock

    At some point, ideology must be tempered with reality. Maybe sports shouldn’t be a priority for some disabled. But alas, we have a Justice Department that insists on recruiting lawyers with intellectual disabilities to draft policy and enforce the law. The whole education system is unraveling. But at least everyone feels good about themselves, and equality reigns, as the tower collapses.