Davenport school district holding special education audit update

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) -- We can expect a special education audit update Tuesday night from Davenport district officials. The school board meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the Achievement Service Center.

A special education audit in April revealed the district's individualized education plans were not in compliance with federal regulations, among several other areas.

Findings from the 2018 audit found there was a predetermination of placement and services for students with disabilities, disproportionate identification, placement, and discipline of black students. Since then the state has asked the district to create a long term sustainable plan to ensure these errors are not repeated.

Over the summer, the district began to work towards compliance. An implementation adviser is working with the district to oversee its updates. She says the district will work closely with families and community support organizations as they move forward in this process.

Former superintendent Dr. Art Tate over the summer met with schools to work on a district-wide removal procedure. The district is also working with a poverty task force and national experts on fixing disproportionality.