By: Diane Benjamin
I was contacted by a citizen pertaining to the treatment of a student. The student has an IEP – Individualized Education Program. Since schools are required by law to provide an education, IEP’s are legal documents that provide rights and protections for parents and students needing special education so they can thrive in school.
The information I have is very limited except for the following document. The story I was told is the student and family were not happy with how the district was handling the IEP. “Student A” tried to go up the chain of command, but instead of help a safety officer was sent to his/her home to confiscate the computer and ban him/her from having any further contact with the district. A police report was also filed against this special needs student but isn’t available because charges were dismissed and a minor is involved.
I’m sure there is much more to this story, maybe readers can fill in some pieces.
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This is the document I was sent:
The document is from the United States Department of Education – Civil Rights Division. If this student did not have a case it would never have escalated to this level. Much of what I stated above is confirmed in the document.
I believe OCR stands of Office of Civil Rights. The document is a little difficult to read because of redactions, but it confirms the student had a legitimate complaint against Unit 5. Jump to the end:
I did not receive the “voluntary resolution agreement” referenced above, but it isn’t necessary to realize Unit 5 handled this situation poorly.
If you have more details or examples of other infractions, please let me know.