Florida Charter Schools Slow to Admit Disabled

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Friday, December 16, 2011

Like a lot of 17-year-old boys, high school for Tres Whitlock isn't just about what happens in the classroom. It's also about girls. Tres has cerebral palsy. He can't walk... or speak. But like any embarrassed teenager, he laughs.

Tres communicates by typing on a computer that generates a voice to tell us his future career. “A game programmer.” He says.

 

Right now, he's creating an iPod app so kids with disabilities can decorate and race virtual wheelchairs. Tres is a computer whiz so when a charter school opened up near Tampa with an emphasis on computers, Tres had to apply.

 

But when his family went for a tour of Pivot Charter School ... Tres says the principal told him … “you can't come here.” He says the principal told them it’s because Tres can’t go to the bathroom by himself.

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