Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battle for This School

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Battle for This School

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Byline: By Kathy Secker

Northern Counties School in Jesmond is indisputably a centre of excellence.

It has, over 150 years, gained a reputation second to none for special educational care for deaf children and those with complex needs.

Now it seems the school might well close because of a misguided view that education in the mainstream is preferable to the specialist care that Northern Counties offers.

To me, this has the hollow ring of half truths written large and clear. What is the Government saying? That elitism is to be stamped out wherever it is to be found?

Or perhaps that, regardless of how physically and mentally you might be challenged, it is better to struggle on in the company of able-bodied children rather than enjoy the security of an environment that is dedicated to providing the resources appropriate to one's physical and learning difficulties.

To make provision of a school like Northern Counties obsolete is to ignore the very real needs of children and parents whose lives will be so much the poorer for its passing.

Watch out for a vigorous campaign to keep the school open. The Chronicle is backing it and so should we all.

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Only in America

I've often been prompted to say that the law is an ass but in America it's wacko!

Michael Jackson's reaction to his court case was something you couldn't make up.

First he was late to court and, having been rapped across the knuckles, instead of discreetly slipping away quietly, he joined the rent-a-crowd outside the courtroom and then 'moonwalked' on the roof of his limo.

Then it was back to Never Land for a party as if he had just collected another lifetime achievement award. As legal strategies go, it's novel!

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Odds against London

I've often been prompted to say that the law is an ass but in America it's wacko! …

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