Thursday, November 01, 2007

Judge sets deadline for special ed plan

WASHINGTON, DC - Furious over the city’s “stunning ignorance” of the crisis facing its special-education system, a federal judge has given the District of Columbia one week to come up with a cost-fixing schedule — or face contempt charges.

In an unusually caustic order, U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman has ordered State Superintendent Deborah L. Gist and schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee to come up with a policy for setting rates with the thousands of private schools and vendors with which it does business.

Saying that he has “even more concern that there is a bigger misunderstanding in” the school agencies, Friedman gave the city until Tuesday to come up with a rate schedule. The Examiner

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