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California school district agrees to federal government monitoring of special education program due to alleged civil rights violations

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District has agreed to the monitoring of it’s special education program for the next two years by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), reports the Contra Costa Times.

San Ramon Valley USD was the subject of two disability-based discrimination claims by two sets of parents between 2012 and 2013.

One student complained to the OCR after his special needs class was routinely excluded from school field trips. A prior allegation accused San Ramon Valley USD of refusing to post upcoming assignments and grades on the district’s on-line “School Loop” system used by parents, students and teachers to track student progress.

According to the article, the district agreed to revamp its policies and train and monitor staff to ensure students are not discriminated against. The earlier OCR investigation was resolved in October 2012 when the school district adopted and circulated new procedures that promised “to provide [disabled students] accommodations to permit participation” in extracurricular field trips.

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