State tells Seattle schools to fix special education

Monday, June 3, 2013

Seattle Public Schools has 18 months to fix persistent problems in its special-education programs, or risk losing millions of dollars in federal special-education funding or control over how it can spend that money.

The state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) set the deadline after years of warnings.

The district, state officials say, is failing to keep an accurate count of its special-education students, doesn’t ensure that all students who qualify for special-education services receive them, and often doesn’t follow the academic plans all such students must have. That’s just a sampling.

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