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St. Paul, MN: SPED students DIDN'T RECEIVE mandated services

May 6, 2019, KSTP TV, St. Paul, MN: St. Paul school district 'investigating thoroughly' complaints over backdated student records Parents of a St. Paul school district student want to know why their child's student records were altered concerning special education services at Como Park Elementary School. KSTP agreed to protect the identity of the parents and the student after releasing the student's special education records for the 2018-2019 school year. Records provided by the family to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS show the student's Individual Education plan, or IEP, was not followed properly under federal law. States and school districts are reimbursed for IEP costs which include services such as occupational therapists, speech pathologists and paraprofessionals. … The documents of the Como Park Student, from the school and SPPS, show the student did not receive help from the school's speech pathologist for a total of 12 separate dates during November and December 2018. The parents of the child told KSTP they did not receive notice their child was not receiving services from the speech pathologist. The school has agreed to make up those missed dates. … However, school documents given to KSTP show the paraprofessional submitted multiple dates in September, October and November 2018 for the student. Those documents were not logged until March 21, 2019, all within minutes of one another on the same day. "I believe my child did not receive paraprofessional assistance on those dates," the student's parent said. "As far as I am concerned the reason, no doubt, that Como Park's administration had those services backdated was because our child did not receive the services in the months of October, November and December."…


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