GARY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) – The Gary Community School Corp. regained control of its special education services after eight years. The district operated under special conditions of the Indiana Department of Education to comply with state and federal special education regulations.
The IDOE imposed special conditions during the 2012 fiscal year “to ensure that students are assessed and placed in the least restrictive environment possible”. The district said it was informed last week that it had “met all requirements” to lift the special conditions.
“This step is the result of a lot of hard work by teachers and administrators to provide students with the services they need to support their learning,” GCSC Director Dr. Paige McNulty said in a statement. Press. “It’s a milestone, not a finish line, and we still have a lot of work to do, but I’m proud of the accomplishments of our team and what it means for our students. “
According to the IDOE, around 15% of GCSC students identified as students with disabilities in the 2020-21 academic year.
“There is a lot of talk these days about fairness; well, this is what fairness looks like, when all students get what they need, ”McNulty said. “We are laser-focused on improving academic performance, and ensuring that all students are assessed appropriately and receive the service they deserve is a key step in our continued work to advance student learning. students. “
In August 2020, the district unveiled its two-year plan, The Path Forward, designed to improve academics, engagement, tax matters and operations. In addition to the IDOE decision, McNulty said the district has taken other steps, including creating new vocational and technical training routes in auto mechanics and horticulture, increased training opportunities for school staff and families, and a decrease of 21%. in the findings of state and federal audits in recent years.
“Over the past few years we’ve made huge strides in stabilizing our budget, and the next mountain to climb is academics,” McNulty said. “While we have a lot more to accomplish, today’s announcement is an encouraging reminder of the gains we are making. “