The U.S. Justice Department plans to investigate claims that Georgia schools are discriminating against students with disabilities, the Southern Poverty Law Center announced Thursday.
The investigation by the department’s Office of Civil Rights follows a complaint filed by the center in November, claiming the Georgia Department of Education uses a funding formula that encourages districts to segregate students with disabilities in order to collect more money.
See the full article at: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001O2bY9vfLBsBDkuTlAxGJsHFefjPppFDdfJywlBFwZnCQnExogtYfkHpcLe7-XQYI_qIeku6TRA0Cl_AanXfTtpoyVtFExB4kfZQ5zs7c_MXlrrLklJq5Mn3Yg-i_XHMT1eVCzKqpm9HKe9prTFwv7EQoB10q6HeQ4T5Nnz-0_9s= . Below is a letter from Southern Poverty Law Center and I urge you to send in comments if you have concerns with special education in the State of Georgia. We need to speak up!
Dept of Justice Investigation into the Special Education Funding Formula:
In November, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a complaint with the Department of Justice against the State of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Education regarding the special education funding formula. As many of you know, Georgia uses a complex school funding formula that encourages school districts to unnecessarily segregate students with disabilities in restrictive school settings in order to receive greater funding. Worse still, the formula makes it difficult for school districts to receive full reimbursement for supportive services, such as paraprofessionals, that would allow children with disabilities to succeed in an inclusive classroom. Our students, teachers, and administrators deserve better.
If you are the parent of a child who is eligible for special education services in a public school in Georgia, SPLC would like to hear from you.
Please contact us on-line through the following link: http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001O2bY9vfLBsC_w9lwAdSDpRqSQ9IEQ4eGQ-MSWM1qqB7GJnQF-iYsyw6XPqXXFUFcd6CgaTuovkBAQxlkhNMuxu6Z9jjivgmsnCQHWWO-VbQpOYo3xrP6etQLARVmvZjnHZNFu-CQp6VF_TdJrof0XcIGRAv9msXAFC0EHImTxzw= .
Southern Poverty Law Center