State needs more time for special ed program investigation
According to an email from Michael J. Tavernier of the state Bureau of Special Education to attorneys Andreana Bellach and Andrew Feinstein, the department "has determined that in order to complete a thorough investigation, more time is required to process the information and documentation received in connection with the investigation."
The final report, which was due by June 30, now "will be issued within several weeks," according to Tavernier's email.
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On March 20, two dozen parents of children with special needs filed a complaint with the state Department of Education alleging that services had been denied to special education children and that there were systematic violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Act within the schools. The complaint prompted the state's investigation. A closed-door meeting took place on June 10, during which time parents had the opportunity to speak directly to representatives from the state Department of Education about how they feel their rights and their children's rights were violated by the policies set forth by Deirdre Osypuk, the special education and services director who was appointed after the retirement of Robin Pavia.