In my conversation with Attorney General Matt Denn the other night, we also talked about the possibility of the IEP Task Force in Delaware reconvening. This group dealt with issues surrounding Individualized Education Programs and special education in Delaware. This culminated with Senate Bill 33, signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack Markell a couple weeks ago, which will launch a multitude of new laws concerning special education in Delaware.
Denn said Senator Nicole Poore was planning on introducing legislation that evening/morning to get the IEP Task Force going again, but with the very hectic schedule due to the budget issues, he wasn’t sure if it was going to happen. I looked on the Delaware General Assembly website yesterday to see if anything did happen, and I didn’t find anything.
I contacted Senator Poore, and she did confirm what Denn told me, but she said it was absolutely crazy that last day and was not able to get it in for a vote. However, she did state that herself and State Rep. Deb Heffernan have discussed this at length about getting the IEP Task Force going again, and they will be working during the next 6 months to examine ideas and issues to tackle when they introduce legislation in January 2016 to get the IEP Task Force reconvened. Attorney General Denn will not be the Chair, but Poore and Heffernan would be co-running the task force.
Poore recognized that while the original IEP Task Force tackled a lot of issues, there are certainly many more matters to tackle. While the make-up of the group may be a bit different, I look forward to this group getting together again and discussing these issues! Recently, Delaware was rated as “needs assistance” by the Office of Special Education Programs based on their 17 part indicators for compliance and results, but this blogger does not believe this paints a full picture of the issues facing special education in Delaware.