State: Beaufort schools violated federal rules

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BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — The state Department of Education says the Beaufort County School District violated federal rules for treatment of disabled students.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/O6YPZ9t ) the investigation found that when students were suspended more than 10 days they did not receive the required special education services. It also found that the behavioral progress was not reviewed and counseling services were not considered.

District spokesman Jim Foster says the schools are taking steps to comply with the regulations.

The investigation followed complaints by the South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The review did not address allegations that black disabled students are suspended at a higher rate than white disabled students. The Education Department said that is an issue for the federal Office for Civil Rights.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, http://www.beaufortgazette.com

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