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.