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Officials say rumors of special ed review in Folsom schools are untrue

By: Eyragon Eidam, Telegraph Correspondent
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FOLSOM, CA - The Folsom Cordova Unified School District special education department is not under review by the California Department of Education, despite rumors to the contrary.

Murmurings throughout the community had suggested an on-going review by the Department of Education focusing on the district’s non-compliance with state law and complaints about the program.

Though the district’s special education program has had complaints and compliance reviews in the past, district and state sources confirmed the only review pending within the district is standard and not based on any complaints of non-compliance.

Tina Jung, communications spokesperson with the Department of Education, said that an upcoming review was simply a matter of standard monitoring procedure for their special education division.

“Our special education division is conducting a verification review of the school district next week as part of our standard, general supervision and monitoring system,” said Jung.

Jung went on to say that parents and administrators are more than welcome to call the Department of Education with questions or concerns, but the information they can divulge when it comes to students is limited.

“Parents are free to give us a call too,” said Jung. “When it comes to special education issues and complaints about special education children, we are very careful to protect the privacy of the student because of state and federal privacy laws.”

Since 2009, more than 2 dozen district violations were cited by the department in regards to the handling of its special education students according to a 2011 Sacramento Bee article.

Stephen Nichols, public information officer for the district, acknowledged that there had been complaints filed about special education department in the past, but that any violations in compliance had been addressed.

Nichols also acknowledged confusion surrounding the issue and timeline of events. The timing of the general review of the district has many throughout the community believing that it is related to violations and non-compliance, which is not the case according to Nichols.

For now, the district remains confident all complaints and non-compliance related issues with the special education program have been addressed and corrected.