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SGA seeking special education representative

by Kiera Zitelman, Online Editor-in-Chief
The Student Government Association (SGA) and Special Education department are working together to add a special education representative to the SGA cabinet by second semester, according to SGA President Molly Martinez. Martinez said she would appoint the student after Special Education Resource Teacher Lisa Davisson chooses a representative.

With the new special education representative, every department at Blair will have representation in the SGA. In 2005, the organization, led by Senate President Sebastian Johnson, passed a resolution to introduce a representative from English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), according to Martinez.

Martinez, who originally suggested the idea, stressed the importance of having representation for every Blair student. "We want to get representatives from all stakeholders at Blair," she said. "Our decisions affect everyone."

The efforts to get a special education representative began at the beginning of December, according to Davisson. The candidate currently in consideration is freshman Eric Edwards, who, according to Davisson, has shown a positive attitude and Blair pride. "He'll be very interested," Davisson said. "He has a tremendous amount of school spirit. He likes to be part of the school community."

Davisson said that even though Edwards is a freshman, his maturity will enable him to represent all four years of special education students. "I try to be as serious as I can about all my grades and classes," Edwards said. "I'm still going to have a goal to get straight A's."

Edwards put emphasis on presenting himself as a responsible representative. "I'm going to show a lot of responsibility," he said. "I'm going to show how serious I am."

The SGA does not normally allow freshmen in the cabinet, but there would be an exception for a special education representative, according to Martinez.

Davisson believes that special education students already participate in the SGA - they are present in every academy, including the magnet program and the Communications Art Program (CAP), and can run for office. "The special education kids are fully included," she said. "They're already well-integrated." But by adding a special education representative, they will be represented directly, she said.

Martinez emphasized that there will be no change in the way the SGA is run, and that the special education representative would have the same responsibilities such as coordinating projects and representing the special education community in the SGA's decisions and treatment as the other representatives. "We wouldn't make a big deal that they're from special education," Martinez said.

Davisson is also confident that the special education candidate will be able to handle the SGA, and that other SGA members will not treat the special education student any differently than they would any other representative. "Blair is such a unique school in the fact that we are so globally accepting of diversity and people with different types of needs," she said.



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  • hey! (View Email) on January 19, 2008 at 6:20 PM
    If he's gonna be treated like any other member, why is this being treated as breaking news?
  • ? on January 20, 2008 at 8:01 PM
    Any other member would be given a breaking news story if his/her position were brand new....
  • to ? and hey on January 22, 2008 at 2:05 PM
    it's breaking news whenever a new sga position is created. there was an article for the esol rep too.
  • Wow, what an article! (View Email) on January 22, 2008 at 10:54 PM
    He's supposed to be treated like everyone else? Simply by this article, they are making him a token. They at least could have used a better picture. I am grossly offended by it.
  • speculating (View Email) on January 22, 2008 at 11:24 PM
    what would eric be doing that isnt already being done? There is a special ed student in sga already, why do you need two? Is the current student not "special" enough? seems like you're trying to make a justified token, and the picture doesnt help.
  • Ben Simon (View Email) on January 23, 2008 at 3:44 PM
    "'We wouldn't make a big deal that they're from special education,' Martinez said."

    Then why is SCO writing an article about it? This should not be news. All this is doing is making Eric the token special ed kid. If he is a regular cabinetmember, then he is not a liaison (correct spelling of the word) at all. A liaison offers one body (say special ed) someone to communicate through to another body (SGA) so that the first body's voice is heard on various issues. The SGA is not planning to have special ed kids with problems in the school go to Eric; they will still go to Molly. It is the same way with Cindy, the current ESOL "liaison". No, Eric is not serving as a liaison. Treating this as news is making him a token.
    Now, if representation is what you mean, then it's all the more ridiculous to be writing an article about it because THERE IS ALREADY SPECIAL ED REPRESENTATION: WILL BUCHER. Bucher will be the first one to tell you that, too.
    I know Eric well and I think he is totally capable of being a member of the SGA and I'm looking forward to seeing him there in the class. But don't write articles glorifying his premature entrance. If you want to empower Eric, then treat him as an individual equal to everyone else who joins SGA and leave him out of the news!

    ...And one more thing: of all the articles about Eric, I can't imagine that SC doesn't have a single solitary good pic. How are you going to post a story making him out to be this enthusiastic, newly empowered, young boy with the picture of him in some pajamas staring feebly at the ground? (Even if it was on pajama day!!!) Pictures say a thousand words and that is a poor choice. I am personally very offended by it.

    We have a lot of great clubs and teams and individuals in this school doing big things. I can think of a million things off the top of my head more news-worthy than this.
  • wow gg son on January 23, 2008 at 5:02 PM
    I think Eric would become a token instead of a representative.
  • WHAT? on January 24, 2008 at 6:07 AM
    Other than pres, no one has a serious title. They're all just random names that sound important. Have you ever stepped by the sga room at lunch to look? Also, why has this title been on the main page for like 4657390937453764 days?
  • spectator on January 24, 2008 at 7:19 PM
    what would eric be doing thats not already being done?
  • john winters (View Email) on January 25, 2008 at 12:08 PM
    I am a big fan of sappy articles with no content, but that picture is messed up man, chnage it.
  • relaaaxxxxx (View Email) on January 30, 2008 at 9:00 PM
    yeah guys this is actually a really good article and i think you're all trying too hard to be PC and sound smart. eric's position IS special and molly martinez is a total g for suggesting to augment the SGA with special ed and ESOL representatives. like frill, consider eric's parents. don't you think they'd be proud of him and this article for showcasing his accomplishments? molly and the SGA may choose to not make a big deal out of special ed members, but at least SCO is trying to commend the effort to integrate them into the student government.
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