Erfurt (dpa/th) - When it comes to possible changes in the Thuringian school law, the assessments between the red-red-green minority coalition and the opposition CDU faction differ widely. This became clear on Thursday in the state parliament in a debate on a draft law presented by the CDU and FDP.
The Greens accused the CDU of wanting to tear down the cornerstones of the inclusive school system, i.e. teaching children with and without special needs together. Basically, the CDU is only concerned with reversing red-red-green changes to the school law, said the Greens parliamentary group leader, Astrid Rothe-Beinlich.
The CDU education politician Christian Tischner replied that in practice the joint teaching of children with and without special needs is often inadequate. The weakening of the special schools was a mistake.
Among other things, the CDU and FDP are calling for the right of parents to be strengthened to decide whether their child should attend a special needs school or not. "The right to decide about the education and upbringing of one's own children is a fundamental value of democratic societies," says the justification for the draft law.