The newly formed Committee for Special Education Reform held the second in a series of planned meetings to inform the community of the special education rights of Madera’s parents and children, but it was much different from its first meeting.
Charles Genseal, chairman of the committee, led the audience through a lengthy list of “procedural safeguards,” which have been drawn from the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Participants in Wednesday’s meeting, which was held in the Madera County Social Services Building on Yosemite Avenue, were given a myriad of rights that pertain to parents with special needs children and are protected by federal law.
Wednesday’s meeting contrasted sharply with the committee’s first meeting held in December. At that gathering, a pronounced adversarial atmosphere prevailed, and the group drew the line in the sand over how special needs students and their parents are being treated by Madera Unified...