GREENWICH, Conn. (AP) — A report evaluating the special education program in Greenwich schools recommends school officials act urgently to make changes and reforms, according to a summary released before a special school board meeting on Wednesday.
The summary of the report from a Boston-based educational firm says the school district’s special education program operates much as it did in 1997, despite multiple state and federal regulations that have changed since then, the Greenwich Time reported on Sunday.
The summary of Public Consulting Group’s report also shares data that Black, Hispanic and economically disadvantaged students are more likely than their peers to be identified for special education.
“Hispanic students were four times more likely to be identified with an intellectual disability and two times more likely to be identified with a speech/language impairment,” the summary report reads. ” Black or African American students were twice as likely to be identified as having an emotional disability, other health impairment, or specific learning disability.”
The consulting firm began its work in October and has conducted interviews with parents, students, teachers and administrators as well as observing classes and reviewing documents.
The report summary recommends 28 reforms, including changing the name of the special education program, which is called Pupil and Personnel Services. It urges the school board to act urgently to improve communications with parents.
The outgoing head of the program, Mary Forde, has lead the department since 1997. She announced her resignation in April and her last day is June 30, the newspaper reported.