CRLA Forces San Pasqual Valley Unified School District To Provide Speech And Language Services to Qualified Students

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January 12, 2015

Contact:
Patrick Saldaña
CRLA El Centro
(760) 353-0220 Ext. 312
psaldana@crla.org

 

CRLA Forces San Pasqual Valley Unified
School District
To Provide Speech And
Language Services to Qualified Students

San Francisco - Winterhaven, CA- California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. (CRLA) achieved a significant victory for 62 special education students on the California-Arizona border. The students will now receive speech and language services to support their education as the result of a complaint filed by CRLA with the California Department of Education (CDE).

“Noncompliance with education law is an unfortunate reality in many of California’s rural communities, but the ruling in this case will provide all 62 affected students in this District with the speech and language services they are entitled to,” stated Patrick Saldaña, CRLA El Centro Directing Attorney.

A parent represented by CRLA said: “I'm very thankful for CRLA services. CRLA took my daughter’s needs into consideration and helped us file our complaint. We are very pleased with the California Department of Education's decision and hopefully now she can receive the overdue speech services that she needs.”

The San Pasqual Valley Unified School District was cited by CDE for not complying with special education law. CDE found the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District failed to implement student’s individualized education programs (IEP) for students who qualified for speech and language services.  The District did not hire a speech and language services provider for the 2014/2015 school year, and sent letters to parents proposing that speech and language services be provided through Skype rather than the in-person services students had previously received.

 Although the school year began on August 18, 2014, no speech and language services were provided to any student until October 5, 2014, which was the first day that services were made available via Skype.  No speech and language services were provided to students whose parents did not consent to the use of Skype in lieu of in person services.  Additionally, several students with IEPs requiring consultation with teachers related to their speech and language services did not receive any such consultation.  CDE’s order requires the District to provide speech and language services to all affected students, along with compensatory services to make up for the services the District had previously failed to provide.

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Founded in 1966, CRLA’s mission is to fight for justice and individual rights alongside the most exploited

communities of our society. Through a network of regional offices and cross-cutting programs, CRLA provides legal services to over 32,000 low-income people annually. Our work impacts farmworkers, individuals with disabilities, immigrant populations, LGBT communities, women, children and families in rural areas.  For more information on CRLA, please visit: www.crla.org.

 


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