Less Services for Special Needs Students, More Work for School Psychologists
There is much to do about something in DCPS. The word is changes are afoot in the Office of Special Education. It’s clear special education coordinators are being pushed aside. Their work responsibilities are being pushed to school psychologists and special education teachers are destined to be data entry clerks.
Good morning OSE-
School budgets for SY12-13 went live this morning. I wanted to update everyone that we shifted the requirement of Special Education Coordinators to School Psychologists for SY12-13. This was a difficult decision, but one that is the best long-term solution for our special education students. We believe that the special education designee in each building should have standardized credentials that allow for decision-making regarding instruction for our students. This increases our capacity for coordination of interventions for students who require multiple supports to succeed.
Using school psychologists as the foundation of service delivery coordination is a national model identified to coordinate supports and services for students. OSE will provide current staff the necessary supports to close-out this school year with minimal disruption to our students. OSE will partner with the Office of Human Capital to prepare for next school year and will ensure you are informed of the process.
As always, please let me or your Director know if you have any questions or concerns.
Chief of Staff
Office of Special Education
A rebellion is spreading across the school district. It’s not about jobs, but about special education delivery to students. All of the above players, plus speech and language pathologists, school counselors and social workers are mad as hell.
A consensus is developing that DCPS does not know what it is doing. Special needs students are not getting the education they deserve including access to resources. Where are the resources going?
The Washington Examiner says away from children and education and into niche political programs such as Mayor’s Gray “One City Summit” and a “special economic development” staffer. What do you think?
From the Washington Examiner:
Following the money. How $2.03 million of $16 million saved in special-education funding has been spent:
• $1.5 million to the Department of Disabilities to offset the loss of a federal grant
• $200,000 for a full-time employee focused on Ward 7′s economic development
• $155,000 for Southwest Waterfront development
• $100,000 to cover transition and personnel costs of the Lincoln Theatre
• $76,000 to the One City Summit
Source: D.C. Office of Budget and Finance
Forecast the workload in your school with these changes. Should we have confidence in the Mayor’s ability to get the job done?