I-TEAM: Testimony heard for cameras in special needs classrooms

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Lawmakers in the state senate heard testimony on a bill that would put cameras in some special need’s classrooms.

Is a story that has been covered by the I-Team. Senate Bill 109 would put cameras in classrooms where more than half the students are non-verbal often because of autism. The bills’ sponsor, Republican State Senator Scott Hammond, said 127 employees had student abuse investigations last school year in Clark County, most were in special education classrooms.

Parents said their children came home with bruises or injuries, but couldn’t say how they got them.

Shantal Myers told the I-Team about her son’s experiences at Variety School in 2017.  She said her son Christian would come home with bruises, but no notice that he’d been restrained.  

The note he would come home with would say Christian had a good day. Myers told us her couldn’t talk, and had no way to say whether it was a good day.

But when asked about the cameras, Theo Small, the vice president of the Clark County Education Association said they felt it was a lot of money – that could be used in training to attract and re-train teachers, and to make sure CCSD professionals were the best.

The fiscal note from CCSD put the cost of the cameras at more than $25 million, and stated the majority of that money would go towards creating telecommunications rooms in schools.

But several who presented the bill, questioned that number.

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