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LA Unified’s education policy is upheld in US district court

LA School Report | February 14, 2014



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--Photo by Aaron Blevins Francis Blend and Van Ness elementary schools are merging.

–Photo by Aaron Blevins
Francis Blend and Van Ness elementary schools are merging.

Via Park LaBrea News-Beverly Press | By Aaron Blevins

U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Lew has ruled against two parent groups that sought to challenge the Los Angeles Unified School District’s increased efforts to integrate special education students with their general education peers.

According to the district, one element of the Chanda Smith Modified Consent Decree requires increased integration for all students with disabilities; however, opponents believe district officials are misinterpreting the law, which will result in the closure of the district’s special schools and negatively impact students.

The district has merged some special schools with general education campuses — as is being done with Frances Blend and Van Ness Elementary schools — but officials stressed that the special schools have not been closed. Rather, the schools have been collocated.

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