Demand Seattle School District Reform its Special Education System


Target: Seattle School District

Goal: Urge the Seattle school district to reform its special education system

The Seattle school district’s special education system is currently highly inefficient and flawed, creating many disadvantages for the special learners enrolled in Seattle schools. For years, the school district’s special education system had been plagued with high management turnover and poor oversight of funds.  The district had often failed to identify all of the 7,000 students that qualify for special education.  Out of the students that they do identify, few have teachers who accurately follow their individualized learning plans, or IEPS.  And many of these plans may be out of date – the Seattle school district has four times as many outdated IEPs as other nearby districts.

Though the number of special learners has grown in recent years, the number of special-education staff members has remained low, making it difficult for students to receive the attention they need.

Even since the state issued various warnings to the Seattle school district that they would intervene if things did not change for the better, the district had brought in new members of the superintendent cabinet who have the capability to get the special education system back on its feet.  Some new measures implemented include personalized service to each child instead of placing children in pre-designed programs and hiring new special-education staff and psychologists to evaluate special needs. However, much support is needed to ensure the success of these changes.

By signing this petition you will help urge the Seattle school district to reform their special education system, including hiring more teachers and staff, efficiently identifying and making plans for special needs students, and following through with those plans once implemented.


To the Seattle School District:

The Seattle School District has been unable to meet the needs of its special education students for years.  Recently, I heard about the various problems plaguing the special education system, including high management turnover, misuse of funds, and failure to identify and properly educate the thousands of special needs children in the district.

Special needs students have just as much right to a quality education as other children. However, these kids are currently disadvantaged with inadequate numbers of teachers and little attention given to their unique needs.

I urge you to immediately make reforms to the special education system so that no special needs student misses out on the educational opportunities they could have had but are lacking right now.


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