After a two-month investigation, the Vermont Agency of Education found the Springfield School District at fault for not providing special education services to a student, as required by law.
Other parents in the district report near-identical experiences.
In the report, provided to VTDigger on Friday, the state found that Springfield had failed to implement the student’s individual education plan, did not educate the student in the least restrictive environment, and failed to provide a free and appropriate public education — all of which are required by law.
The student, 9-year-old Maurice, has several disabilities, including blindness, cerebral palsy and epilepsy.
“It feels incredibly validating,” Maurice’s mother, Lauren, said of the state’s findings. “They see through the nonsense the district has been maintaining and recognize Maurice has been denied his education.”
600 members left to go
We are behind our goal right now during our critical Spring Member Drive. As a nonprofit, VTDigger relies on voluntary donations from readers to keep the news flowing — and free for all who need it. Please contribute in any amount today and you’ll be sustaining our daily investigative reporting, plus 1 donation = 1 children’s book via our partnership with the Children’s Literacy Foundation.
To provide the best experiences, we use technologies like cookies to store and/or access device information. Consenting to these technologies will allow us to process data such as browsing behavior or unique IDs on this site. Not consenting or withdrawing consent, may adversely affect certain features and functions.
The technical storage or access is strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service explicitly requested by the subscriber or user, or for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network.
The technical storage or access is necessary for the legitimate purpose of storing preferences that are not requested by the subscriber or user.
The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for statistical purposes.The technical storage or access that is used exclusively for anonymous statistical purposes. Without a subpoena, voluntary compliance on the part of your Internet Service Provider, or additional records from a third party, information stored or retrieved for this purpose alone cannot usually be used to identify you.
The technical storage or access is required to create user profiles to send advertising, or to track the user on a website or across several websites for similar marketing purposes.