KPBS, San Diego Public Radio recently reported that the San Diego Unified School District remains out of compliance with Federal Law in providing appropriate transition planning for special needs students. The IDEA mandates that public school students who are 16 or older and in special education are supposed to have individual plans to prepare them for college or a career after high school. According to the report, San Diego’s school district has not met this federal requirement.
Three years ago, a state report showed out of about 3,400 students, not one had a plan that met federal guidelines. Since then, the district hasn’t shown much progress in meeting those federal requirements to develop college, career or independent living transition plans for its students in special education, according to the article.
This mirrors the findings of ADAMS ESQ in most California and Nevada school districts. Our experience is that rarely are the necessary parties even invited to the transition IEP meetings, appropriate vocational assessments are not undertaken, and “one-size-fits-all” transition plans are developed without regard for the potential, academic achievement or post-graduate goals of the special needs graduate.
To read more of this article go to: http://www.kpbs.org/news/2013/oct/22/san-diego-schools-leaving-college-career-transitio/