The federal Department of Education has “significant new or continued areas of concern” that is prompting the additional monitoring.
Nearly three years after the U.S. Department of Education said it would monitor Virginia public schools over concerns about special education, it informed state officials that oversight will continue — and that it’s added new concerns to the list.
The federal department’s Office of Special Education Programs told Jillian Balow, at the time the commonwealth’s superintendent of public instruction, in a letter dated February 17 that while Virginia had addressed some issues detailed in the June 2020 federal report, other concerns remained.
After “review of the submitted documentation, continued contacts from Virginia parents and advocates, and other sources of information,” the department has “significant new or continued areas of concern,” the letter said.
The letter was made public by the group Special Education Action.