Despite 51,000 signatures being thrown at the governor's office, Ed Rendell ignored the petition to keep the Scranton School for the Deaf open. According to Rep. Kevin Murphy, there is no justifiable cause to close the school. The underlying premise is that the state doesn't want to fund special education in the commonwealth. This is a slap in the face to special education in general, not just to deaf people.
As a side note, my fiance and her son are deaf. Needless to say that this issue hits home with me. She - via the help of a relay phone call - was able to get the attention of Steve Corbett and voice her opinion on the issue. Knowing that the school was about to be closed and unhappy with the transition plan, Kristiana indicated that she was disgusted with the government, Rendell and Bob Mellow.
Hopefully, within the next few days, we will be able to meet with the administration of the school to find out how much money they need to raise. Contingent upon this meeting, we will put together a non-profit organization to raise the money needed to keep this school open.
This is why we do it - To make a difference for our kids. Some politicians with some kids. The whole idea is to give them a better world than we found it.
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