State education reps to visit Darien in June; parents welcome
Representatives from the state Department of Education will visit Darien on Monday, June 10, as part of the investigation into the special education program, said Superintendent of Schools Stephen Falcone.
The representatives will review records and material and meet with the administration and parents.
According to Falcone, a letter, either by mail or electronically, will be sent to parents of students who require special education inviting them to the meeting, which will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Tokeneke Elementary School.
Additionally, there will be a meeting of the special education advisory group on Thursday, June 6, at 11 a.m. The location has yet to be determined.
On March 20, a group of parents filed a complaint claiming that the Darien Public Schools had violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by removing the "team aspect" of the planning and placement team meetings, at which students' programs and goals for the year are determined. Under the law, educators are not allowed to make any sort of predetermination about the students' programs before meeting with the parents.
The investigation is set to conclude on or before June 30.
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