New Version of Blackman-Jones Database Will Better Serve DCPS Students and Families 

March 8, 2011

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DCPS today released the third and latest version of the Blackman-Jones database, which helps both DC Public Schools and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education respond to and resolve special education due process complaints, hearing officer determinations and settlement agreements.

“We are dedicated to providing our special education students with the supports and services they need to succeed,” said Dr. Richard Nyankori, Deputy Chancellor for Special Education at DCPS. “By improving the technology and tools we use to keep track of our progress under Blackman-Jones, we can help resolve the consent decree and better serve our special education population.”

Since the initial release of the Blackman-Jones database, DCPS and OSSE have increased their ability to resolve hearing officer determination and settlement agreements in a timely manner from 32 percent to 90 percent.

With this latest release, DCPS and OSSE will be able to share critical information with each other more easily and continue to make sure that DCPS is serving the needs of all students.

Over the past few years, DCPS also has focused on proactively engaging parents and resolving disputes before a due-process hearing takes place. Last school year, DCPS resolved more than 300 cases prior to a due-process hearing, resulting in timely solutions for students and families.

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