Bill package considered to improve special education services

Friday, June 20, 2014

A D.C. Council committee is taking up a package of bills intended to improve services for special-education students.

The council's Education Committee will hold a hearing on the bills on Thursday. The committee chairman, Councilmember David Catania, introduced the bills last month, saying special education is facing a crisis in the District of Columbia. Catania is an independent candidate for mayor and has made education the top priority of his campaign.

Catania says the achievement gap between special-education students and general-education students has been growing since 2007 and that students need more services to succeed.

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