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Letter: Special ed administration example of ‘abuse of power’

To the Editor:

I was overwhelmed by the seriousness of parents’ claims in the meeting with the State Department of Education on Monday night. These claims were voiced articulately and with great emotion. We knew that the education system in Darien for children with special needs was broken this year, but the depth of that break became even more apparent during this meeting.

Now we need to work together as a community to move forward to rebuild systems that will not allow a single administrator, in this case Dr. Deirdre Osypuk, to wield complete control over a child’s educational well being without being held in check by the balances that should be inherent in any good system.

In our case, Dr. Osypuk’s only superiors were Dr. Judith Pandolfo and Dr. Stephen Falcone. This terrible abuse of power could only occur because Drs. Pandolfo and Falcone did not know or did not care. Neither is acceptable.

Molly Van Wagenen
Darien

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