Special education program transitions back to CPS control



a person standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Carol Brown of Race Matters, Friends examines the seclusion rooms last year at the Center for Responsive Education's FOCUS program, operated by contractor Catapult Learning in the building owned by Columbia Public Schools. [Photo provided by Lara Wakefield]


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Carol Brown of Race Matters, Friends examines the seclusion rooms last year at the Center for Responsive Education’s FOCUS program, operated by contractor Catapult Learning in the building owned by Columbia Public Schools. [Photo provided by Lara Wakefield]

When the Columbia Public Schools contractor operating a program for students with special education plans sought liability protection in its renewal offer, the school board in May voted to end the contract.

The school district instead decided to operate the program in-house, with district personnel.

The move didn’t prevent a lawsuit.Two parents are suing the school district and the company on behalf of their children, whom the parents allege were confined in seclusion rooms in the FOCUS program at the Center of Responsive Education.

The lawsuit filed last month by Shawan Daniels and Laquesha Jackson on behalf of their children, ages 11 and 13, names

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