Seattle schools’ special education services during COVID-19 subject of US Department of Education investigation

SEATTLE — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Seattle Public Schools after hearing “disturbing reports” about how the district handled special education during the pandemic. In a letter sent Tuesday to Superintendent Denise Juneau, Education Department officials cite concerns that some students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren’t allowed to provide it. “According to one local news report last spring, the District told its special education teachers ‘not to deliver specially-designed instruction,’ and disallo…

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