Red Clay School District Rejects Moving Special Needs Students to District Feeder Schools

Mar 20, 2014

Credit Don Rush

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - The Red Clay School Board has rejected a plan to move special-needs students from specialized schools to district feeder schools.

The board voted on the plan in several segments Wednesday night, but none were approved.

Supporters say inclusion for special-needs students gives them a chance to interact more with peers and access resources at traditional schools. But parents have voiced concerns that the plan did not fully ensure students would get the services they need.

Board member Catherine Thompson supports the action, calling inclusion "the last frontier for civil rights."

Board members urged the district and parents to work together on a satisfactory plan. Deputy Superintendent Hugh Broomall told the board that administrators will start working on a plan for future years, but it is unlikely for next school year.