Special ed expenses and questions continue

Unbudgeted expenses continue to pile up on Darien Schools as the district works to fix a complex web of problems in its special education program.
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Onus on parents to investigate

Parents who thought the state would alert them if investigators found their children might have been harmed by Darien Schools’ illegal special education practices will not be getting a notice from state officials addressing that issue.
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Town divided over future of special education

While the schools have publicized a summarized version of what residents, teachers and students are looking for in an interim special education director, an examination of the entire results paints a somewhat different picture — one of a divided town that is split over the best path for the schools to take.
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Legality of special ed forms questioned

Darien’s special education policies continue to face heavy scrutiny from parents, lawyers and others, who have said the district could be failing to inform parents of their rights when some parents of children with disabilities seek to place their children in private school.
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Some demand state take severe action against schools

It was a bittersweet moment for many on all sides of the special education situation when the state reported on July 18 that Darien violated state and federal laws. Continue reading

Records reveal details of broken trust, parents say

A review of thousands of public documents from over the last year by parents and this newspaper has revealed further background, history and possible trust violations regarding special ed practices and concerns, parents told The Darien Times this week.
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Inside ‘illegal’ school team meetings

Clerical errors.

That’s the reason given to scores of parents who allege that special education administrators, under the oversight of Director Deirdre Osypuk, implemented unauthorized changes to their children’s individualized education plans, or IEPs.
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