One of the reasons why I am interested in seeing the entire McKinsey report is because I would like to know who these jokers are.
On page 16 of the report, it reasons that some Students with Disabilities must be receiving services they don’t need because there are thirty-five schools with no students on IEPs.
Two of the schools named for having 0% students with IEPS: the Haley and the Henderson. Now anyone with a child with a disability in Boston knows these schools because they are two fully inclusive schools structured with Students with Disabilities in mind. Parents of children with IEPs try for years to get their children into these schools based on their reputation. But according to this report, there are no Students with Disabilities at these schools.
Did the auditors not find it remarkable that a school would have no students on IEPs? Did they not think to check this out? They did make over a half a million dollars preparing this report so maybe they could have bothered to pick up a phone.
And even if it was true, even if the Haley and the Henderson had no children on IEPs, it does not follow that the kids at the other schools are getting services they don’t need. That’s not how this works.
I would like to know if the auditors are neuropsychologists who looked at these children’s WISC scores and decided that the IEP was inappropriate. Are they speech therapists who conducted an assessment of the children’s speech and decided they shouldn’t be getting that ½ hour of pull out services? Because that is how you decide if a child needs services. You don’t count heads and then decide you’ve gone over the limit.
As far as I’m concern, all this report is doing is inviting lawsuits. Did BPS deny your child occupational therapy? Appeal to the Bureau of Special Education Appeals and present this presentation as an exhibit. Look, BPS has decided to deny services because the bean counters decided there were too many kids on IEPs.
The suggestion that you reclassify children or deny them services for financial reasons is illegal. Next time the city decides to hire someone to prepare a $660,000 report, maybe they could hire someone who knows enough to check special education laws first.