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Teacher Who Had Students Degrade, Vote Out Aspergers Student from Class Able to Retain Tenure

In Autism/Aspergers Syndrome, education, Injustice, shameful, stupidity on June 12, 2009 by Editor Z



Student Alex Barton, 7; forced out of class by students and teacher.

The appeal of disgraced Florida Kindergarten teacher Wendy Portilio to retain tenure when her period of pay less suspension ends has been approved by the school board.

Portilio is the kindergarten teacher who pressured her young students to say in front of the class “what they hated” about Alex Barton, 7 a student with Aspergers Syndrome whom she accused of acting up, and then voting him out of the class.

WPTV.com

FT. PIERCE, FL — Wendy Portillo broke down in tears when the St. Lucie County School Board made their decision.

She’s still suspended without pay until November, but when she returns to the classroom, she’ll come back with tenure.

Portillo has been a teacher in St. Lucie County for 12 years.

It was a little more than a year ago that Portillo had 5-year old Alex Barton in her Kindergarten class at Morningside Elementary School.

Alex had apparently been acting up. Portillo had the other students take a vote and they decided to send Alex out of the room.

The incident gained worldwide attention. Alex was in the process of being diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger’s Syndrome.

Personally as someone with Aspergers syndrome myself, I think this woman got off easy. To express grievances e-mail the school board. Keep all messages expressed clear, eloquent, and decent.

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