Tag: special education

By Stefanie Jackson – Accomack schools’ proposed budget for fiscal year 2021 prompted public comments Tuesday night supporting the funding of four additional special education teachers and one additional school psychologist. “We appreciate your recognition of their importance to our children,” said Eileen Holcomb, of Chincoteague, who is the parent...
Dear Editor: There are currently 758 students in Accomack County Public Schools who receive special education services. As required by the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), they are entitled to a free, appropriate, public education which meets their individual needs. Special education students, like their non-disabled peers, have the right...
By Stefanie Jackson – A concerned citizen advised the Accomack school board Tuesday night to reconsider how the school division treats its special needs students, after one such student was given a 45-day suspension. “I am standing here tonight in a bit of frustration with the processes of our administration,”...
By Stefanie Jackson – Northampton County Public Schools was one of three school divisions chosen to pilot a new early childhood education program, Director of Special Programs Keren Plowden announced to the school board Dec. 12. “I was really honored. … We were picked out of all the divisions...
By Stefanie Jackson – Pungoteague Elementary School, which recently won an award for continuous improvement on the Virginia Standards of Learning tests during a three-year period, wants to move forward with more support for special education students. Andre Elliott, of the Eastern Shore YMCA, proposed starting a swimming program for...
By Stefanie Jackson – A parent of a former Chincoteague student informed the Accomack school board Tuesday night about the unfairness of the manner in which its policies are enforced regarding out-of-zone students. “I do believe that schools should not be permitted to pick and choose which out-of-zone students...