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Putting Education Reform To The Test

Hillsborough Schools Should Change Special Needs Policies, Panel Says

A panel is recommending Hillsborough County schools change policies for staff working with students with disabilities, including recommending staff call 911 in an emergency and requiring training before employees can work with students.

The recommendations, which district officials will present to the School Board today, come in the wake of the deaths of two special needs students in January and October.

Superintendent MaryEllen Elia convened a study group to look at the district’s Exceptional Student Education program. Led by senior staff, the project also involved the Council of the Great City Schools and a district ESE advisory council.

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