We want our children to be a priority: Parent of GRPS Special Education student speaks out

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

The following interview was recently conducted with Brenda Bierens, a parent of a special education student in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Bierens is also a member of the Disability A-Team and Community Collaborative.

As a parent of a Special Education student, what is your experience with GRPS and why are you calling for the removal of Laura LaMore?

Parents have been meeting and discussing problems with special education at GRPS for well over a year. Issues like IEP’s being changed without parents knowledge, students being placed in programs that do not meet their needs putting both their teachers and their peers at risk, adult students being transferred to a school that was designed for preschoolers putting them at risk for injury, Services being denied or cut from students IEP’s a staggering rates, I could go on and on but in December the teachers at CTC Straight went to the…

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