Holton Report on Special Education

“In early 2018, Henrico Schools’ superintendent and Henrico’s county manager commissioned an independent review of the school division’s special education program and policies. The report concentrated particularly on issues of equity. The authors interviewed more than 100 parents, educators, advocates, lawyers and community leaders. They analyzed data from HCPS, and they compared the school division to similar school systems.”

Four people reviewed HCPS’ programs and policies:

  • Anne Holton, a visiting professor at George Mason University. Holton has formerly served as Virginia’s secretary of education, a domestic district court judge, a legal aid lawyer serving low-income families, and first lady of Virginia.
  • Adai Tefera, an assistant professor at VCU’s School of Education, with a specialization in how educational policies affect equity among students at the intersections of race, disability, language and other sociocultural differences.
  • Melissa Cuba, an evaluation specialist with Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium and a doctoral student in the VCU School of Education, and a former special education and foreign language teacher in Arlington County.
  • Ashlee Lester, a doctoral student in VCU’s School of Education studying educational psychology. Lester focuses on equitable educational opportunities, particularly disciplinary practices, demographics and access to after-school programs. She is a product of HCPS schools.

Click the image below to see the full report which is linked to the Henrico County Public Schools website. If you have a challenge, then click the link below the image.

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