As part of a Delaware charter school’s charter renewal, schools provide a vast amount of information in regards to efforts they have made to improve their school. Campus Community School, located in Dover, is up for their charter renewal this year. A year and a half ago, the school realized they were having special education issues and sought the services of a consultant to see what was and wasn’t working. The below document is a very interesting read. It really goes into issues between general education teachers, special education teachers, administration, and special education coordinators. These are not issues that are foreign to traditional district schools either. Delaware public schools, as a whole, have a lot of work to do with special education. My fear, and I have always said this, is that as long as success is based on once a year high-stakes assessments, students with disabilities will always be marginalized and not given the attention they truly deserve. With the release of Smarter Balanced the stakes have risen even higher and these children will be forever lost unless there is a change now.
I would strongly recommend the Delaware Department of Education thoroughly read this document if they haven’t already. What is detailed in this document is going on in a lot of Delaware schools. These students do not have the true supports they need. Far too many incidents with “behavior” are manifestations of children’s disabilities and if they don’t have the proper support and services, this cycle will continue. Perhaps with his massive amount of special education background, Interim Secretary of Education Dr. Steven Godowsky will be able to change this.