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Thu Oct 3, 2019, 01:42 AM

Court-appointed special education monitors detail how the state picked the wrong New Orleans schools

Court-appointed special education monitors detail how the state picked the wrong New Orleans schools for federal consent decree scrutiny


Independent monitors overseeing the Louisiana Department of Educationís work under a federal consent judgment have identified a series of mistakes ó ranging from calculation errors to what appears to be sloppy record-keeping ó that led the state to monitor the wrong New Orleans schools for special education services.

In total, over two years, 10 schools that should have been monitored at specific times ó based on the terms of the 2015 court settlement ó werenít. Thatís according to a 15-page report published Wednesday in the court record of a long-running federal class-action lawsuit over services for students with disabilities in New Orleans.

Under the terms of the consent decree, the department was supposed to select schools whose records suggested may not be properly identifying, enrolling or educating students with disabilities, based on factors like the amount of time staff members were spending providing required services to students with special education plans. Department employees would then conduct targeted monitoring at those schools by reviewing individual student files, interviewing staff and conducting site visits.

But in 2017 and 2018, the department mistakenly selected 10 schools that didnít actually meet the criteria for monitoring, meaning other schools that should have been more closely scrutinized were passed over.

Read more: https://thelensnola.org/2019/10/02/court-appointed-special-education-monitors-detail-how-over-two-years-the-state-picked-the-wrong-new-orleans-schools-for-federal-consent-decree-scrutiny/

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