Mill River in hot water over ‘moratorium’ on special education evaluations

Mar 4, 2019 by

The Mill River Unified Union School District is in hot water with Vermont Legal Aid and the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont after one of its administrators installed an unofficial moratorium on special education evaluations.

In a Dec. 7 email, Coral Stone, the district’s director of student services, told several top administrators that the district’s lone school psychologist had too much on his plate.

“At the current time, we are essentially ‘maxed out’ on the number of student evaluations that we can reasonably conduct,” Stone wrote in the message that was copied to superintendent Dave Younce, each of the district’s five building principals, and several top administrators.

“I’d like you to make every effort to curtail evaluation requests coming from your (Education Support Teams) for the time being. I expect this moratorium to last perhaps through mid-February,” she said.

Stone’s email also directed administrators to “please not make any kind of formal announcement” to staff that the district was not accepting evaluation requests “as this would violate the law in a number of ways.”

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