The Exceptional Children department DOES NOT audit an IEP that is declined. Let me repeat this, They do not audit declined IEPs. I would think this would be an area of gravest concern for IEPs. For the DOE not to monitor a declined IEP, I would assume they believe that all special education teachers, school psychologists, administrators, therapists, school nurses, and parents know exactly what they are doing. According to Mieczkowski, if the parents sign the paperwork this is sufficient. But it isn’t. Far too many parents and special needs students have been a victim of IEP declines that should have been approved.
“anywhere from 1800 to 4500 students had IEPs that were not compliant”
And after that report, the Exceptional Children Group decided to raise the amount of years that schools are audited from a 3 year cycle to a 5 year cycle. There is no notice of this change on the DOE website because it still shows a three year cycle. Delaware has been rated as needs assistance for special education by OSEP in 2013, 2011, 2009, and 2007 and in 2014, they were rated as needs intervention. This means Delaware has received bad marks from OSEP for 5 out of the past 8 years. They have corrected past mistakes, but it seems new ones are created every couple years. But for two years in a row they have missed the mark.
Folks our schools fail and children suffer because of adults including parents. Jon’s Loving Father is an asset to parents of special needs children. As you see with a federal audit of Delaware Special ED services, Special Ed children is sub-par and it’s so ironic Delaware Governor Jack Markell’s political Delaware Department of Education puppets cry foul, unfair USDOE intrusion in local control.
I swear, trusting DE DOE with your child’s education future is like letting them go to the circus with Jeffrey Dahmer. The Delaware Department of Education is a MESS! Damn, look all the assistants to the Secretary of Education resigning! Those bailing on DE DOE aren’t going to go public because it would negatively impact their careers in education.
Legislators like Rep Debbie Hudson and Rep Valerie Longhurst are a disservice to all parents of public school children. They block real tangible transparency of our schools. Hudson and Longhurst block pending legislation that will allow the public and elected leaders to “hear” public comments at school board meetings rather than see a small footnote on school board minutes. Just think each time Jon’s Loving Father spoke at his child’s school’s board meeting the board minutes just reflected his name and not the contents of his concerns in details. If legislators don’t have the will to stand with parents, the parents shouldn’t stand with them on election day. People like Hudson and Longhurst need to be voted out of office and those running against them need to pay attention and understand real tangible transparency is needed.
The Delaware Department is imploding and those legislators who voted for H.B.334 are a disservice to all students and parents. Sen Lavelle’s flip-flop vote was clear indication our legislators don’t get it!