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Some education programs weren’t individualized, investigation finds

The Associated Press and the Tulsa World - April 8, 2019 4:17 pm

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – In a story April 6 about students with disabilities, The Associated Press reported erroneously the findings of a district investigation. The investigation found education programs weren’t individualized for some special education students at Edison Preparatory School, not for all 7,000 special education students in the district.

A corrected version of the story is below:

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The Oklahoma State Department of Education has found Tulsa Public Schools failed to meet federal requirements for students with disabilities.

The Tulsa World reports the department investigated a complaint by parent Carmon Pool Drummond and found several cases at Edison Preparatory School in which education programs weren’t properly individualized for students with disabilities.

The federal Individualized Education Program requires annual goals, including academic and functional goals, for each student.

Investigators instead found generic goals for the majority of the students.

The district must review of every special education student’s goals by the end of April and implement a plan to correct all noncompliance issues by the end of May. TPS also must train its special education staff in how to create individualized goals for students by Aug. 30.

 

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