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Wake forced to correct how it educates students on long-term suspension

Posted by on Thu, Jan 24, 2013 at 4:04 PM

The Wake County school system has officially conceded that it has to do a better job educating students with disabilities who receive long-term suspensions.

Advocates for Children's Services lodged an official complaint against Wake in July of last year and Wake has come up with a corrective plan of action as part of a settlement agreement.

Here's a partial account from Keung Hui's WakeEd blog:

In this July complaint, Advocates for Children's Services and attorney Mark Trustin had charged that Wake was failing to provide an appropriate alternative education to five students who missed 10 or more days due to suspensions in the 2011-12 school year.

Under this settlement agreement announced today, Wake will provide this summer a free, six-week program offering 60 hours of individualized services in math, literacy, reading, and social skills, via “in-person, live, direct instruction by a highly-qualified general and special education staff." This is open to any students with disabilities who received lengthy suspension in 2011-12, not just the five in the complaint.
One of ACS’ clients will receive an additional 190 hours of one-on-one, compensatory education.

Wake has also been under scrutiny in the past for its abnormally large long-term suspension rates of all students. INDY Week wrote about the issue in 2010 and provided a graph which showed Wake with nearly ten times more long-term suspensions than any of the other five largest school systems in the state.

Jason Langberg, an attorney with ACS, has long argued that long-term suspensions contribute to Wake's school-to-prison pipeline.

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