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State orders TPS to provide make-up time for special-education students

Toledo Blade |

The Ohio Department of Education has ordered Toledo Public Schools to provide compensatory educational time to special-education students whose specialized programs were not fulfilled when the district switched to online instruction at the coronavirus pandemic’s spring onset.

The education department’s Office for Exceptional Children acted in response to a June 15 complaint by Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, which took exception to how TPS handled the shutdown and received calls from clients concerned about its special-education plans.

The state’s order directs Toledo Public Schools to amend the affected students’ current education plans to incorporate compensatory instructional time “to address the 44 school days that occurred between March 17, 2020 and May 22, 2020.”

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