In February this year, Norwalk’s Board of Education listened to a read out from CREC on how it could improve its Special Ed practices in the area of consistency and transparency. It would seem that Norwalk is not alone. Last month, members of the group SPEDucated Parents of Darien and other parents of children in SPED (about 24 parents) have filed an unprecedented group complaint with the Connecticut State Dept of Education against their Special Ed Administration. The complaint stems from not including parents in their children’s Individual Education Plans (IEP.) Under federal law and the Individual with Disabilities Education Act, Special Education students and parents are entitled to due process. Part of the Darien parent’s complaint to the State Department of Education states:
We are parents of children with disabilities in the Darien Public Schools. We write to request that you convene a hearing, pursuant to 20 U.S.C. §1413(d)(1) to withdraw funds from the Darien Board of Education for its systematic violations of parental rights under the IDEA [the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act]. We recognize that this is a drastic remedy and one that has never been invoked in Connecticut. Nevertheless, the extent of wrongdoing and violation of the rights of students with disabilities by the Darien Public Schools warrants serious consideration by the State Department of Education, pursuant to its supervisory responsibility over local education authorities pursuant to the IDEA.
Below are links to the developing story.