July 30, 2009

Failings found at schools for blind in Utah

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A state probe of Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind has found some failings in the way the state handles the education of 2,200 students with vision disabilities.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint filed by parents, who cited faulty Braille  translations of textbooks and inadequate teacher training, among other shortcomings, according to a story by Kirsten Stewart of the Salt Lake Tribune. Although the state review found the schools were out of compliance with federal law 42 times between November 2006 and April 2008, it stopped short of saying there were systemic problems at the schools. The schools have filed an appeal and an outside evaluator will review the state’s report.

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