State, parents say Springfield schools fail to provide adequate special education

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.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.