Special education services to be taken up by committee -- Gazette.Net


Members of the Montgomery County Board of Education want to make sure special education students are getting the right services.

The board’s special populations committee will start talking at its next meeting Monday about services provided to special education students. The goal is to identify items, questions or issues that should be studied internally by the school system or with an external audit.

Board member Rebecca Smondrowski (Dist. 2) of Gaithersburg introduced the idea with a resolution at the board’s March 21 meeting.

The request comes after the board spent more than an hour talking at a prior meeting about special education issues when attempting to take a position on a bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly.

The bill would have switched the burden of proof in special education cases from the parents to the school system. The board did not take an official position on the bill and it was withdrawn with an unfavorable report from commitee April 1.

Some board members said then they felt the bill would not have solved the problems that exist with special education services, such as Individualized Education Plans and parents’ access to their students’ records.

The committee will decide what should be studied and later make a recommendation to the full board.