State officials: Va. Beach Schools special needs education program under investigation

Posted at 6:07 PM, Jun 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-30 18:39:24-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Department of Education is investigating Virginia Beach City Public Schools for allegedly failing to meet the educational needs of its special needs students, including not providing Individualized Education Plans (IEP’s).

According to a release from the VDOE, the complaints were filed on behalf of multiple students, with as many as nine being sourced in the documents released to News 3.

The allegations are part of a systematic complaint filed along with the organization Advocating for Kids. The school or schools under investigation were not mentioned in the complaint files.

VDOE documents say that the investigation against VBCPS includes allegations of failing to further evaluate students with special needs, not implementing certain educational programs for special needs students, not providing safety and security of special needs students and the failure to and not complying with the regulatory mandates of special education pertaining to student records.

“Because of the broad nature and scope of the investigation, we anticipate that an on-site investigation will be required. We will also establish a timeline for written responses to the allegations in this complaint and to other specific students who may be identified in the course of this investigation,” said VDOE in the conclusion of the released documents.

VDOE will issue its findings on the allegations by August 21.

To view the documents provided by the Virginia Department of Education, click here.

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