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Instead of requesting more supports to ensure provision of FAPE for students and to help teachers, the letter states, “Our goal is to reduce the administrative burden on special education staff . . . ”
When I opened the file, I noticed tracked changes on the document. I clicked them and everything Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) incorrectly redacted popped up, to include names of students, their lawyers, monies paid, and so on.
The document including concerning information, to include FCPS acknowledging some of the very issues that I and other parents have complained about for year, such as failure to identify special education students, failure to implement programs related to Dyslexia with fidelity, and privacy violations.
However, Fairfax County Public Schools has done all of the above.
Problems identified by OSEP relate to complaints and due process, mediation, independent education evaluations, and overall monitoring failures.
It is curious that just two days later, OSEP released its “2020 Determination Letters on State Implementation of IDEA”, which lists Virginia as “Meets Requirements”.
How is it possible for VDOE to receive this rating?
Buy a dozen binders and document separators, and file everything. That’s my big piece of advice to parents — that and stay calm.
Navigating the special education system is stressful on its own. While being organized won’t eliminate the stress, it will tilt it toward resting between the stressful and stress-free zones.