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MUSD gets special ed help

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Former state sup faces some skeptics

When former State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell paid a visit to Madera Unified’s school board Tuesday, he got a taste of local independence of thought. Neither the board nor the public was reluctant to speak their minds in his presence.

One trustee threatened to file a complaint against the district’s administration over the special education program; one member of the audience suggested the possibility of a conflict of interest between O’Connell and Interim Superintendent Anthony Monreal, and the president of the teacher’s union took O’Connell to task for making “inappropriate remarks.”

O’Connell, who served as California’s school superintendent from 2002 to 2010, was invited to Tuesday’s meeting of MUSD trustees to present a program he says will improve the district’s special education program and save it $1.6 million.

The former schools chief is now the chief education officer for School Innovations & Achievement, which has been hired by Madera Unified to examine and interact with all of the stakeholders in special education...


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