Virginia Beach, VA: More than 7,000 SPED students; parents complain about services

Aug 7, 2018, WAVY, Norfolk, VA: Investigators in town to probe Virginia Beach schools' special education complaints Following a complaint from eight families with special needs students, investigators from the Virginia Department of Education have begun to interview concerned parents. After our story in June, advocate Cheryl Poe's phone began to ring. She founded Advocating 4 Kids and assisted the families with filing their complaint. "We literally had parents call up and say, I saw this, I'm so glad these parents did it. I'd like to be a part of this, I don't want to be named though.” In a June statement, the school system says it works tirelessly to create "welcoming and productive learning environments ... for more than 7,000 (special ed) students" and "will work closely with the state to address the issues raised in the complaint." … "(VBCPS) will work with the VDOE as part of its investigation and again note that the fact that a complaint has been filed does not mean there has been any wrongdoing by the division. Tom and Sydney Jillson were also willing to put their names on the complaint. Their son entering first grade has autism, and they want the school district to use resources and specialists to help him that have been successful in the past….