June 17, 2013 at 6:03 AM
Future looks bright
Fortunately, no one involved with special education in Seattle Public Schools was be surprised at the recent report from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) [“Editorial: Not-so-special education,” Opinion, June 9]. Also fortunately: Since July 2012 — when José Banda became Superintendent — he and district staff have been working very effectively to deploy strong leadership, and to map out a comprehensive plan for restructuring special-education services in Seattle schools.
This is a big undertaking. Special-education programs require all the complexity and excellence demanded of general education, and are complicated by the myriad, unique disabilities and learning styles of the students served by Seattle Public Schools.
The district’s new executive director of special education, Zakiyyah McWilliams, brings a wealth of talent and experience to her role. We can be optimistic that each special-education student will thrive as Seattle Public Schools proceeds to roll out its carefully conceived plan for renewal, that the OSPI deadline will easily be met and that within three to five years, excellence will be the hallmark of our special-education services.
Marty McLaren, director, Seattle School Board District 6, Seattle
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