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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Schoolyard Bullies

Posted by on Sun, Feb 16, 2014 at 10:00 AM

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Seattle Public Schools is scrambling to accommodate a growing student population, but the developmentally and physically disabled students of Northwest Center Kids on Queen Anne now seem to be at the receiving end of the crunch, having been given six months to vacate the building they've leased for the past 28 years.

Blindsided by the decision, parents say the eviction could have dire consequences.

At a school board meeting on February 5, the father of a child who has a heart condition begged the district for more time. "Other places are terrified that my child will die in their care," said Robert Marks, arguing that other schools—public or private—are not equipped to care for his child. "We have nowhere else to go."

The Northwest Center was founded in 1965 by concerned parents when public schools wouldn't take their disabled children, worried that their behavioral and physical needs were too much or too dangerous.

Now the parents are concerned the district is also taking advantage of their investments in the school building, and they present damning public records to prove it.

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