Seattle Public Schools falling behind on special-ed reforms

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

To fix longstanding problems in Seattle Public Schools’ special-education programs, the district’s first step was to write a correction plan — and already it has stumbled.

The school district submitted a proposal to state officials by the June 30 deadline, but they have rejected it, saying it falls far short of what is required.

In April, the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction gave the district 18 months to fix its shortcomings or risk losing $11 million a year in federal support.

Doug Gill, the office’s special-education director, said the district’s proposal, dated June 28, was better than an earlier draft, but it still lacked a clear objective, timeline and budget — even after state officials thought they had clearly told the district to provide all that.

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