School board listens to parent concerns on special ed services

NORWICH – The atmosphere was a touch lighter Tuesday night, as concerned mothers again addressed the Norwich school board.

During the portion of the meeting designed for public comment, the floor is open to attendees to address the board. Typically the public comment period receives no direct response from school board members. However, Tuesday’s public comments led to further discussion and a question-and-answer exchange between the board and parents.

Danielle Peterson and Penny Towner, both mothers of children with dyslexia, stood once again before the board to discuss their children’s needs and the district’s special education programs.

Peterson told the board she was standing before them to ask for help and to raise awareness for not only her daughter, but for other children who have no one to speak for them. Peterson said she feels her daughter is not receiving the proper materials and instruction to help her learn. She said that what was originally offered to her child by the district in September is not being followed through now. Peterson says she is not happy with the Committee on Special Education’s (CSE) progress and has placed calls to them, but has not received a response.

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