Charleston special education review turns up problems, commendations
The state’s first on-site monitoring visit of Charleston’s special education programs since 2004 turned up some red flags, but the problems weren’t nearly as serious or numerous as the last time the district was reviewed.
A team of about five state officials came to Charleston for two days in February to determine whether the district was in compliance with the federal Individual with Disabilities Education Act, the law that governs how districts provide services to students with special needs. The district didn’t do anything wrong to trigger the visit; the state has a cycle in which it reviews districts and it was Charleston’s turn.
“The purpose is not to play ‘Gotcha!’ with the school district,” said Jay W. Ragley, the state education department’s deputy superintendent for legislative and public affairs. “We’re here to provide technical assistance so they can better serve their students. It’s really an opportunity to help the district. It’s not an opportunity to punish them.”