Friday, August 21, 2015

A new series of post coming which will daylight the compliance issues with Seattle public schools and special education.

 After reading  this , I decided to attempt to do what I believe the board should be doing and gather information around special education compliance issues and cost of litigation. So, I started gathering,

Citizen complaints
Due process filings
Office of civil rights investigations
District settlements involving special education issues 

It takes a bit of work to piece together all the information from the various sources, SPS, OSPI, DOE and since SPS over-redacts information to intentionally complicate things, it can take months.

So why do this?  I've found there's not only a pattern of abuse, but a pattern of repeat offenses.
It seems the district agrees in writing to OSPI or DOE-OCR to correct the non compliance issues in order to prevent further violations, but in reality never makes the necessary changes. This is evident in the repeated violations. The data shows that SPS never seems to learn from its mistakes, never seems to take the IDEA seriously and more likely than not ,will try and make it very difficult for any parent who advocates for their child. 

I don't believe things will improve unless people see all the information available and the patterns revealed in the data.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting the information as it comes in, you can draw your own conclusions.

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