The day Qua Austin’s daughter started kindergarten at Union Academy, the “girly girl” with big red bow on her head couldn’t have been more excited.
Investigators with Mississippi Department of Education have been in and out of classrooms in Columbus since November, checking on all 472 students with special education needs in the Columbus Municipal School District.
Parents of children with disabilities complained to Columbus Municipal School District trustees Monday their children are not receiving special education services in a timely manner — or at all.
Before Monday’s special-call meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board of Trustees meeting, board president Jason Spears said he hoped the meeting — an open forum on the district’s special education program — would show the district’s efforts go beyond “checking the boxes.”
A Monday special-call meeting of the Columbus Municipal School District Board will focus exclusively on special education. But board president Jason Spears doesn’t expect any official action to come of it.
After coming under fire for its special education model over the past year, the Columbus Municipal School District has increased its efforts to make corrections and improvements.
After an initially tepid volunteer response, Columbus Municipal School District’s special education advisory committee has a full roster and has already met.
Only three people have applied for a spot on a committee that would advise the Columbus Municipal School Board of Trustees on the district’s handling of services for students in special education.
Columbus Municipal School District trustees on Monday handed the task of forming a Special Education Parent Advisory Committee to Superintendent Philip Hickman.
Demand so far has been low for $6,500 scholarships that Mississippi is awarding to parents of special education students to use in private or home schooling.