Backlog in special education leaves some children without services

The district is faced with a backlog of up to 1,500 children under 3 students who were
referred for special education evaluations last year but have yet to undergo them, leaving
them without special services at a critical stage in their development.

The district is faced with a backlog of up to 1,500 children under 3 students who were
referred for special education evaluations last year but have yet to undergo them, leaving
them without special services at a critical stage in their development.Most of the youngsters were in federally funded Early
Intervention programs, which serve developmentally delayed and at-risk
children until they turn 3, or were referred from Head Start, which has
new rules meant to identify children who need special services early in
their schooling. Read story in In Focus.