Special Education Ad Hoc Committee Asks for More Time

The Loudoun County School Board has agreed to give the ad hoc committee on special education additional time to complete its work.

The board created the panel in April after the school system faced scrutiny over allegations that discipline of special education students had included leaving them in isolation rooms for hours at a time. The 26-member committee is tasked with taking a deeper look at how Loudoun County Public Schools serves special education students.

The committee—made up of School Board members, parents, school administrators, and members of the Minority Student Achievement Advisory Council, the Special Education Advisory Council, and the Gifted Services Advisory Council—first met in June and has since met twice a month. It was initially asked to deliver recommendations to the full board no later than Nov. 30. But members asked for more time.

School Board member Beth Huck (At Large), who chairs the committee, said that all 16 of the committee members present at the Sept. 20 meeting voted unanimously to request more time to complete their work. The School Board is expected to vote at its Oct. 23 meeting to extend the committee’s existence through June 2019.

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