RPS special education program concerns prompts VDOE to attend school board meeting

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — At the request of the division superintendent, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) attended the Richmond Public School’s (RPS) school board meeting Monday evening.

At the meeting, John Eisenberg, assistant superintendent for special education and student services, presented findings from a special education monitoring review that was conducted 4-5 months ago as part of VDOE’s regular oversight of division special education programs.


According to a complaint that’s been filed by the ACLU and Legal Aid Justice Center, they looked at information from the 2014-2015 school year and found African American students were issued 98 percent of the long-term suspensions.


Students with disabilities made up 63 percent of the expulsions.

One of the students named in the complaint, J.R., was a special education student at a middle school in the city.

The student alleges he was looking for his teacher in the hallway when suddenly he was confronted and restrained on the floor by a security guard. J.R. needed medical treatment for facial contusions. He was also suspended and lacked any educational treatment for 13 days.rps-1

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