Delaware DOE: The Eye of the Hurricane in Special Education ***Updated***

Delaware Special Education

I wanted to update this a bit. It now appears all the September 30th numbers for the past eight years have been added to the Delaware DOE website. Maybe they were always there, but the website is so confusing to get around to begin with, it’s ridiculous. And it still says schools will be audited every 3 years for special education. Where is this every 5 years information Mary Ann Mieczkowski was talking about? As well, in light of the Interagency Collaborative Reports from the last two years that Children & Educators First covered on their blog, the spotlight on the Exceptional Childrens Group at the DOE is very large right now. Someone needs to do something, and soon. Because it’s a big old mess, and not too many of us are stepping up and demanding change. Call your house rep, call your senator. Email them. Do something!

The links for the September 30th enrollment reports, that the Delaware DOE uses for needs based funding, can be seen here:

The Season Of Myths

In a hurricane, everything is wild and chaotic.  Winds are fierce, rain is massive, and destruction looms.  Many people flee, but some stay hoping for the best.  Homes are destroyed, roads are flooded, and lives are frequently lost.  In the middle of a hurricane, everything is calm.  It can sometimes be sunny, and rain may not be present and it can be viewed as a moment of peace.  The eye is the center of the hurricane, and everything that happens is a result of the eye.  This is the Delaware Department of Education in regards to special education.

Last week, I met with the Exceptional Children Group, the Delaware Department of Education’s special education department.  I met with their director, Mary Ann Mieczkowski, as well as the DOE’s public information officer, Alison May.  I had several questions stemming from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) report on Delaware’s special education…

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