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The Tolland Public School District includes 3,142 students and 217 teachers and serves a town with a population of 14,500 located 20 miles northeast of Hartford. The site has been designed and is continually updated by high school students as an ongoing computer project. It was submitted by a supervising teacher.


The design of the various schools' pages are dramatically different from one another. Consistent design features from page to page would give the district Web site more coherence.

1. Do you have the data to meet all federal and state special education compliance requirements, and is your data audit-defensible?

2. Can you get an accurate count of special education students at all times?

3. Can your principals and special education coordinators instantly pull up all the information about a student when a parent calls?

4. Are your teachers complaining that special education paperwork is cutting into the time they can spend working with students?

5. Are your IEP meetings more confrontational than collaborative?

Christy Chambers is president of CASE, the Council of Administrators of Special Education. She is also superintendent of the Special Education District of McHenry County, Illinois.

Julie Weatherly is a founder of the Weatherly Law Firm in Atlanta, which works with school districts in the area of special education compliance. She is also the founder of Resolutions in Special Education, a consulting firm that provides school districts with special education training and mediation services.


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