RACINE, Wis. – Three years ago, Mara Quinn faced a very serious and unique problem. Quinn was beginning her career as a teacher. She spent her days teaching at a daycare center and substituting in special education classrooms. It was the fulfillment of her lifelong ambition to work with young children.
But the joy of helping students learn and grow was being overshadowed by the severe problems Quinn’s own son, Baylee, was having in school.
At that time Baylee was a kindergartener, but he was already attending his third school within the Racine Unified School District. It was obvious that Baylee was a very bright child, but he was also extremely active. He was diagnosed with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) by the time he started school. “He’s always been a rambunctious child, even in utero,” Quinn says.
Racine school officials couldn’t figure out what to do with him, so they placed him in a series of restrictive environments, separated from more typical children.
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