Trump Attorney General: Disabled Children Are The Problem In American Schools

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Leave it to Donald Trump to find the worst possible people to fill the most important positions in our country. Senator Jeff Sessions (R. Ala.), Trump’s pick for attorney general, has a grim track record that has many Americans fearful of what’s to come.

Way back in 2000, Sessions suggested that the disabled children are the problem in America’s schools. On the floor of the United States Senate, Sessions complained about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, a law intended to help integrate disabled children into public school systems.

According to Sessions, he believes schools should accommodate these students, but that things have gone too far and “we have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children, and that these are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America.”

Sessions claimed that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act prevented teachers from being allowed to discipline students and infringed upon their ability to “control” students in the classroom.
Speaking on the floor of the Senate he proclaimed:

‘We have children we cannot control because of this federal law.’

It seems Sessions is fundamentally opposed to equality, specifically within the public school system. Back in the 1990s he fought a judge who ruled in favor of 30 Alabama public school’s who sought legislative reform for disabled students within the public school system.

These comments about disabled children are just one example of the many controversial remarks made by Sessions. In the past he even went so far as to suggest that virtually no one immigrating to the United States from the Dominican Republic has useful skills that would benefit our nation:

‘Fundamentally, almost no one coming from the Dominican Republic to the United States is coming here because they have a provable skill that would benefit us and that would indicate their likely success in our society.’

Watch his comments on the Senate floor below, via The Huffington Post:

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