The books arrived on time for most general education students. But six special education teachers at different schools across the city said their students, who are taught in separate classrooms, still do not have the material. The teachers said they were told that administrators failed to order the same textbooks for special education students in enough time to assure a prompt delivery.
Chief Academic Officer Hilda L. Ortiz, whose staff oversaw textbook purchases, and Wilma F. Bonner, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, denied that a significant number of students were without books. They said that textbooks were ordered based on a school's total enrollment and that there was not a separate order for special education students.
"At least 90 percent of the special education students have their materials for reading and math," Bonner said. "All the books have been sent to the schools."
Friday, October 07, 2005
Special ed students short on supplies
DC public schools have been back now for about a month, yet according to some special education teachers interviewed by the Post some special education students have yet to receive their textbooks.