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SMMUSD Launches Special Education Satisfaction Survey

Posted May. 17, 2014, 8:00 am

Mirror Staff

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) is asking parents to participate in a Special Education Satisfaction Survey launching on Monday, May 19. District leadership is seeking to measure stakeholder satisfaction with special education programs and services.

Designed and administered by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey focuses on topics such as parent involvement and relationships, communication, and processes and procedures, among others.

“Our goal is to provide our students with a high-quality education that empowers them to be successful in college and/or career,” said Sandra Lyon, Superintendent of SMMUSD. “This survey allows us to assess our special education programs and services to ensure that we are effectively meeting student needs.”

Parents who have provided the district with their email addresses will receive email invitations to participate. The survey will also be accessible to parents via the district website at www.smmusd.org.

In the interest of privacy, candor and widespread participation, all survey responses are confidential and anonymous to district staff. Results will only be delivered collectively, with no individual data or identifying information in any report.

Once the survey has closed on Friday, May 30, the district will share results with the community, along with an explanation of how it will use the data to make any necessary improvements to the special education program.

“As we work to foster a culture of transparency, trust and collaboration, listening and responding to our stakeholders is crucial,” Lyon said. “Together, we will provide our special needs learners with the social, emotional and physical support they need to live rich and fulfilling lives.”

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May. 18, 2014, 7:04:57 am

BSF said...

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education Meeting MINUTES NOVEMBER 2013 TO APRIL 2014 Board of Education Meeting MINUTES: Ii Government Code §54956.9(d)(2) SPECIAL EDUCATION SETTLEMENTS November 7, 2013 1. DN-1001-13/14(Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1001-13/14 was as follows: a) Legal Costs: $16,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $16,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Mr. Patel, and voted 6/0 (Mr. de la Torre was absent) to approve the settlement case. 2. DN-1002-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1002-13/14 was as follows: a) Legal Costs: $14,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $14,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Mr. Patel, and voted 6/0 (Mr. de la Torre was absent) to approve the settlement case. 3. DN-1003-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1003-13/14 was as follows: a) Legal Costs: $6,500 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $6,500. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Mr. Patel, and voted 6/0 (Mr. de la Torre was absent) to approve the settlement case. December 12, 2013 4. DN-1004-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1004-13/14 was as follows: a) Parent Reimbursement: $38,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $38,000. It was moved by Dr. Escarce, seconded by Mr. de la Torre, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case. December 12, 2013 (cont’d) 5. DN-1006-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1006-13/14 was as follows: a) Parent Reimbursement: $19,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $19,000. It was moved by Ms. Lieberman, seconded by Mr. Allen, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case. January 16, 2014 6. DN-1007-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1007-13/14 was as follows: a) Parent Reimbursement: $13,600 b) Legal Cost: $15,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $28,600. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Dr. Escarce, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case. 7. DN-1008-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1008-13/14 was as follows: a) Parent Reimbursement: $60,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $60,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Dr. Escarce, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case. 8. DN-1009-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1009-13/14 was as follows: a)Legal Cost: $5,500 b)Parent Reimbursement: $7,500 The amended total cost for this case is not to exceed $13,000. It was moved by Mr. Mechur, seconded by Dr. Escarce, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case. February 20, 2014 9. DN-1005-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1005-13/14 was as follows: a)LegalCost: $5,000 b)Parent Reimbursement: $17,789.48 The total cost for this case is not to exceed$ 22,789.48. It was moved by Dr. Escarce, seconded by Ms. Lieberman, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case 10. Student vs. SMMUSD, OAH Case No. 2013051152 Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Eileen M. Cohn, determined on December 23, 2013 that the SMMUSD must reimburse parents for all of their tuition costs for a Non-Public School (NPS) along with reimbursement for all tutoring expenses. These amounts exceed $56,970.99 in tuition reimbursement thus far, and does not include attorneys fees. Attorney’s fees will be significant. 11. DN-1005-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1005-13/14was as follows: a)Legal Cost: $5,000 b)Parent Reimbursement: $17,789.48 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $22,789.48. It was moved by Dr. Escarce, seconded by Ms.Lieberman, and voted 7/0 to approve the settlement case. 12. DN-1010-13/14 (Special Education) The substance of settlement agreement in case No. DN-1010-13/14 was as follows: a)Parent Reimbursement: $38,200 b)Legal Cost: $ 10,000 The total cost for this case is not to exceed $ 48,200. It was moved by Mr. de la Torre, seconded by Mr. Mechur, and voted 6/0. THE SMMUSD’S ADVERSARIAL POSTURING IS COSTING THE SMMUSD HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND CAUSING UNNECESSARY HARM TO THESE FAMILIES.

May. 19, 2014, 9:46:28 pm

Debra Shepherd said...

There is NO survey on the website. It looks like it will only be mailed to people who the District thinks will answer favorably. That tactic has already been used. Think about it. There's nothing confidential about a survey that the District chooses whom will receive it. If SMMUSD knows who received a survey, they also know who answered. C'mon SMMUSD, stop playing. Show some integrity and put the survey on the District's landing page. It's time for the truth to come forward so the broken department can get fixed and the folks who need to find another job can do so. This is public money, not a private country club. Stop surrounding yourselves with yes men. The emperor has no clothes and it's time to own it!

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