State: Bridgeport failed to ID special ed students

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — State education officials have ordered Bridgeport schools to take corrective action after finding that city officials systematically failed to identify students eligible for special education services.

The state Department of Education began investigating after the Center for Children’s Advocacy filed a complaint in October. The Connecticut Post reports the review determined the school district violated its obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state law.

The newspaper reports that most of the examples listed in the complaint were from the 2012-2013 year, when there was an effort to reduce special education costs under Superintendent of Schools Paul Vallas. Vallas is leaving March 1 to run for lieutenant governor in Illinois.

School officials say they’ve developed a plan to find all students who qualify for special education services.

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Information from: Connecticut Post

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