Lawmakers consider cameras in classes with special needs students

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

It is a story that has been covered by the I-team’s Vanessa Murphy.

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 there were 127 employees on student abuse investigations last school year in Clark County and most of those were in special education classrooms. 

Parents said that their children come home with bruises or injuries and can’t say how they got them.

That includes testimony from Shantal Myers who has told the I-Team about her son Christian’s experiences at Variety School in 2017.

“When he came home with bruises, there was no restraint notice. His note home was that he had a good day,” Myers said. “And he can’t talk to tell me he had a good day or a bad day.”

“We just fiscally think this is a lot of money that could be used in training that could be used to attract and retrain and making sure our professionals are the best,” said Theo Small, vp of Clark County Education Assocation.

Concerns were raised about how much CCSD estimates this bill would cost. Their fiscal note put it at more than $25 million saying the majority of that money would be to create telecommunications rooms in schools.

Several presenters of the bill questioned those numbers.

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