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Panel seeks assurances that overhaul of special ed system will avoid running afoul with feds


BATON ROUGE, Louisiana — A special panel has voted to seek assurances that Louisiana's overhaul of its special education system will avoid running afoul of federal law.

The committee did so after hearing a new series of complaints about the measure by some district special education officials who say that legal worries are posing still another impediment.

If state education leaders are able to get written assurances from federal officials, Scott Richard, executive director of the Louisiana School Boards Association, says that would be a good first step in the right direction.

The Advocate reports ( ) the committee also asked the state Department of Education to send letters to all 69 school districts advising them that they can carry out the state law amid some local concerns that doing so could endanger federal aid.

Information from: The Advocate,

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