Tacoma parents of special education students file complaint

Parents of special education students in Tacoma have filed a complaint about decisions the district has made during the coronavirus pandemic, asking the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to intervene.

Kristin Luippold and her husband are members of the Tacoma Special Needs PTA.

The citizen complaint sent through their attorney Monday to OSPI says they’re “representing the interests of all special education students in the Tacoma School District who are assigned a 1:1 paraeducator in their (individualized education programs), parents in the District who have received little to no communication about when their students’ special education services will be provided, and who have had decisions made cutting special education services outside of the IEP team process and without Prior Written Notice and procedural safeguards.”

Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel said the district received the complaint Tuesday and is reviewing it.

Voelpel also said in a statement that

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