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SpEd PTSA Board Letter in Support of Lowell Med-Frag Families

November 18, 2015 Seattle School District Attention: Board of Directors MS 11-010 PO Box 34165 Seattle, WA 98124-1165 Re: Lowell Elementary School Start Time Dear Superintendent Nyland and School Directors, We are writing to you today concerning the proposed school … Continue reading

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Our new Best Friend

Due to numerous costly legal settlements and the departure of Ron English, it seems Seattle Public Schools appears to have committed to following civil rights laws.  Among these laws are: Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the … Continue reading

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PTSA Comments on OSPI’s Proposed Rules on Use of Restraints, Isolation

Attn: Special Education Section, OSPI            Re: proposed  changes made to RCW 28A.155 and RCW 28A.600.485  Dear Dr. Gill,  The Seattle Special Education PTSA is the district-wide PTSA which represents families, special education teachers and staff, … Continue reading

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Reject Proposed 2016-17 Transportation Standards

Dear School Board Directors: The Transportation Standards for 2016-17 were introduced at the School Board meeting on October 21, 2015. They include a new provision that affects students receiving special education services. Specifically, the new Transportation Standards propose to create … Continue reading

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Rulemaking on the use of isolation, restraint and restraint devices in the State of Washington

There is a limited time window for individuals to comment on proposed rulemaking.  Submit your comments to OSPI by November 12, 2015. Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 392-172A – Proposed Rule Making to Address SHB 1240 and Other Proposed Rule Changes … Continue reading

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Washington State Law on Use of Restraints and Seclusion‏

Dear Dr Nyland and Board Directors The Washington State Legislature passed new legislation in the last session to prohibit aversive intervention plans, and to limit the use of isolation and restraint to situations in which there is an imminent likelihood … Continue reading

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Why “disciplining” our children for their disability is just wrong

The Justice Department also urged the court to consider whether the officer’s decision to handcuff little kids was “punitive, rather than necessary to ensure safety.” It pointed out that the officer had told the child “to behave the way you’re … Continue reading

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Quick First Month of School Survey

Please Tell Us About Your Child’s First Month of School in SPS Special Education. The Seattle Special Education PTSA is asking families of children served by special education to take this quick survey. All information will be kept strictly confidential. … Continue reading

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All we know so far

Update – Access special ed ratios in middle and high school are now 13:1:3 (MS is up from 10:1:3) Special Education  Special Ed preschool ratio lowered to 10:1:2 (students: cert: IA) Distinct (soc/emo) classrooms lowered to 7:1:2 Sped Taskforce will review special ed costs. Savings will be redirected to reduce employee workloads. Special Ed Team to decide on IA deployment when students are grouped across classrooms in a building (IA maintains primary classroom assignment) ESA Caseloads  Enforceable caseload ratios for the first time ever! Staff must be allocated and hired, and if not able to hire, contractors will be hired to meet caseload limits. Strongest enforcement in Puget Sound and possibly the state. Physical Therapists: 35 students Occupational Therapists: 40 in 2015‐16, 36 in 2016‐17 Psychologists: 1:1050 Audiologists: 1:15,000 To meet caseloads, District expects it will need to hire at least 7 staff in 2015‐16, 16 staff in 2016‐17, and more in 17‐18 as enrollment continues to grow. ACCESS….?

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Seattle SpEd PTSA Board letter regarding proposed ACCESS ratios for high school students

Dear Directors, Dr. Nyland, Mr. Knapp and Ms Campano, The Seattle Special Education PTSA Board and its membership have followed closely the progress of District and SEA contract negotiations.  We’re encouraged that the District is finally implementing the best practice … Continue reading

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