*Disclaimer: This post is not an endorsement of Neel Kashkari, nor is it a post denouncing him.*
It’s time to vote for a California governor again and the candidates, Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari, have a lot of opinions on a lot of issues. As a parent of a child with special needs, I have some opinions of my own, and I recently got the opportunity to meet with Neel Kashkari and talk to him about ending restraint and seclusion in California, as well as the importance of educators and administrators presuming competence in our students with special needs.
Did you know that 1 in 10 students in California receive some form of special education? That’s a lot of students that need strong advocates making sure they’re not only safe, but educated in a free and appropriate environment.
The coffee and cupcake meeting we had was a great starting off point for me, as I don’t have a lot of personal experience with politicans (but watch out Sacramento, I’m coming for you!). Neel was a total gentleman and it was a pleasure speaking with him for the hour or so we sat together, but truth be told, he knew virtually nothing about the plight of parents raising children with special needs, nor did he seem knowledgeable regarding special education law in our beautiful state. Which just meant I had a lot of educating to do on the issues that matter to our families the most!!
Below is a short, 5 minute video showing a portion of our conversation. My goal in all of this? To get in front of anyone who will listen and tell them that restraint and seclusion in schools needs to be outlawed, and that our children DESERVE BETTER. So Democrat, Republican, Libertarian…I don’t care who they are or the political party they are affiliated with. Line them up so I can tell them exactly what I think.