Penny Cuninggim: All struggling students need access to best services

Sunday, December 31, 2017
All struggling students need access to services

As an educator and clinician, I worked with disenfranchised, vulnerable populations of students in the poorest city in Massachusetts for 37 years.

These students included transgender youth, Latinos, Muslims and other students from diverse backgrounds. That diversity made our program all the stronger as we developed individualized, evidence-based programs of educational services that addressed the impact of underlying neurodevelopmental issues on learning failure.

Such problems can begin for fetuses in the womb and without intervention could last a lifetime. But with new science-based knowledge, we know we can ameliorate these deficits. The results are remarkable.

All struggling students need the same universal entitlement.

Penny Cuninggim