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Battle Ground, WA: 18% of primary school students are special needs

June 28, 2018, Vancouver, WA, Columbian: OSPI: Battle Ground special ed students slighted https://www.columbian.com/news/2018/jun/28/ospi-battle-ground-special-ed-students-slighted/ Battle Ground Public Schools last school year failed to provide about 90 students at Glenwood Heights Primary School with the special education services they should have received, violating federal and state special education law, according to findings by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. According to the report released in May, those students were supposed to receive part-time special education services in a designated “resource classroom” as a part of their Individualized Education Program, or IEP. …Those services can include extra time on tests, permission to take breaks throughout the day or occupational therapy. About 142 students at the Brush Prairie-area primary school are eligible for special education services, 90 of whom had IEPs that include part-time special education services, called “resource students” throughout the OSPI report. There are about 800 total students at the school. But changes to the 2017-2018 master schedule reduced that resource class period time from 40 minutes to 30 minutes. That meant some students who were supposed to receive additional math, writing, social skills or other lessons during that time did not receive the full amount specified in their IEP. An OSPI review of 20 students’ IEPs shows “that the primary school’s practice of limiting the amount of special education services resource students can receive, based on the building’s master schedule, is contrary to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and state special education regulations.”…