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Report: Region 13 One of 'Slowest' to Respond to FOI Request

The Journal Register Company filed Freedom of Information requests in an effort to obtain the contracts of all school superintendents in Connecticut.

 

It took Regional School District 13 officials nearly three weeks to respond to a Freedom of Information request for Superintendent Susan Viccaro's contract, according to a report in the Middletown Press.

The Journal Register Company, which publishes the newspaper, sent FOI requests to all 149 school districts in the state asking for the contracts of superintendents.

The report says about half of the school districts responded to the request within the first 24 hours, while District 13 responded after 18 business days.

The requests began after the company initially asked for the superintendent's contract in Torrington. It took the school district four weeks to respond, the report says, even though state law requires a response within four days.

The company is creating a database of all superintendent contracts.

Margie November 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
I don't know the specifics of your particular situation, but not all children with ADHD, or other disabilities, require 504 Plans. Children who require specialized instruction in order to benefit from their education program are entitled to special education; children with disabilities that require accommodations (as opposed to modifications) in order to have equal access to instruction are entitled to a 504 Plan. The purpose of a 504 Plan is to "level the playing field," so to speak, in order to provide them the opportunity to benefit as any other student without a disability. The district is obligated to arrange a PPT (Planning and Placement Team) meeting for any parent who requests one. That is the law. Sometimes you have to go through the bother of requesting a PPT in order to have the team determine that the child is not eligible for special ed, but does require certain accommodations under a 504 Plan. If your child has a diagnosis and you suspect that they may require certain accommodations in order to benefit from their education (like extended time on tests, etc.), then you absolutely should be afforded the opportunity to meet as a school team to discuss. If the district is denying you this opportunity, I would recommend contacting the State Department of Education, Bureau of Education. Good luck.
Margie November 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
Please refer to the following circular guidance letter provided by the State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education, referring to the district's obligations regarding 504. http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/circ/circ08-09/c13.pdf
Scott Wheeler November 12, 2012 at 02:51 AM
This is not entirely true what you are saying, it starts with a request for a PPT which must be granted and then the assessment is made whether or not your child falls into the 504 plans. Some are assessed yes and some no. The district spends millions on special ed due to No Child Left Behind which we fund and the district does follow federal guidelines. This will change as CT has won it's right to self monitor and develope its own plans, it will be interresting what comes of that.
Elan November 12, 2012 at 11:39 AM
The enext step is for the District to release those evaluations that the contract requires. Those would be illuminating, indeed! It isn't what we pay, but what we are getting for what we pay>
Margie November 12, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Scott: tell your wife I say hello! But I do personally know if situations in the district where parents have requested meetings (perhaps not in the correct vernacular, because they may not know), and have been denied. The salient point is that the district should be educating and guiding parents through the process such that they understand every aspect of the district's obligations. When school personnel take the time to educate parents (a PPT can be pretty overwhelming to parents), it can circumvent a number of misunderstandings that can occur later...and that means more than tossing a copy of the procedural safeguards to them. But that's just my opinion.

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