Colin Murphy: Special needs education falls victim to state‘s scare tactics

An unintended consequence of the government’s ‘hammer and dance’ pandemic strategy is that our educators no longer trust the state to keep them safe

The best-case scenario for a return to school for children with special needs now appears to be the beginning of February

The harm being done to children with special needs by their prolonged absence from school is a tragedy. The question of political relevance is whether that tragedy was avoidable.

It certainly wasn’t predicted, at least with regard to last week’s hiatus. For the two weeks prior to that, there had appeared to be consistent progress towards a resumption of educational services for these children.

On January 6, Fórsa, the union representing most special-needs assistants, issued ...