First State program providing resources for parents to address inequities in school systems
DELAWARE-Delaware Public Education Ombusperson Program is a new initiative that was rolled out this year to help parents address equity issues in school districts.
Devon Hynson, the Project Director of the Delaware Public Education Ombusperson Program, said the program started as a result of a lawsuit that happened where the State of Delaware was being sued for educational inequities. As part of a settlement agreement, money would go to making this advocacy program to try to protect the rights of students in the school system. So, anytime a parent feels their rights have been violated within a school system, the program tries to work collectively with the system to try to remedy the violation that’s happened.
“A lot of the issues that we are currently addressing are issues regarded to discipline, issues regarded to special education and related services, and the accompanying disputes that may arise, there’s some choice issues,” Hynson said.
The program said they really want families to know that they are there for them.
This is a publicly funded program. To learn more about it, click here.