March 10, 2009
The seemingly endless court supervision of the Baltimore City Public Schools' special education programs may finally be moving closer to a successful end. Last week, a special master overseeing a decades-old federal lawsuit on behalf of students with disabilities reported that city elementary schools have made substantial progress toward meeting goals set out in a 2000 agreement to improve special ed programs. The report suggested that the city's elementary schools were nearly in compliance with most of the benchmarks established to measure progress.
November 30, 2003
A year-old program at the Community College of Baltimore County's Dundalk campus is helping to address two chronic needs: career opportunities for adults with disabilities and quality child care. The Single Step Childcare Program, which began in August last year, prepares adults with disabilities to work as child care providers. The program is designed "for adults who are capable of working successfully with young children but who need to prepare in a setting with their special learning style in mind," said Melanie Hood-Wilson, program coordinator.
July 7, 1994
Three public schools run by a controversial private Minnesota company did not follow federal procedures for special education students and must file a corrective plan by Aug. 1, the state Department of Education announced yesterday.Investigators found: Some students with disabilities were being included in mainstream classes without sufficient parental notice or consent; individualized programs for students with disabilities who are included in mainstream classes were not adequately implemented; evaluations of disabled students were not always completed in the required time period; and insufficient evidence of teacher participation in student placement decisions.
January 25, 2001
Howard Community College will hold an information session for parents and students on its Project Access program. The session will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Galleria of the Science and Technology Building, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia. The program is designed to help high school students with disabilities make a transition to post-secondary education and increase their success rate. Instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, study skills and college survival skills is offered.
October 18, 2000
The student: Kavita Krishnaswamy, 18 School: Wilde Lake High School Special achievement: She participated in the first Maryland Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities sponsored by the state of Maryland. Krishnaswamy, who has muscular dystrophy, was chosen to participate based on her academic record and leadership qualities. Current endeavor: She is forming an organization for students with disabilities. "It's like an honor society. I'm going to interview them and have applications, and those that would be members would be part of a prestigious organization."
July 19, 1992
Tommy Herman blossomed in third grade at Ring Factory Elementary School. He made lots of friends, got to be the computer room aide and did well academically.None of this would have been possible if Tommy, a bright 10-year-old with severe, multiple physical disabilities, had remained segregated with other students with disabilities, says his mother, Patty Herman.Tommy started attending Ring Factory last year as a third-grader after two years of being bused to a special education center for students with disabilities at William Paca Elementary School.