Deaf Education Task Force: 2014. In June 2013 Representatives S. Quinton Johnson and Edward S. Osienski co-sponsored House Resolution 20, which created a task force with the following charges:

  • Study and make recommendations regarding the current condition of educational services available to persons who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind up to the age of twenty-one throughout the State of Delaware
  • Study and make recommendations regarding DSD-Statewide being administratively located within a local education agency.

The Task Force issued its report to House Speaker Peter Schwartzkopf on June 1, 2014. We encourage you to read this report as well as this letter that Choices wrote to Speaker Schwartzkopf with concerns about the make-up, the process, and the conclusions of the task force. If you agree, please communicate your concerns to Speaker Schwartzkopf and other public officials.

On June 18 the Governor’s Advisory Council for Exceptional Citizens asked Speaker Schwartzkopf for a delay in implementing the task force recommendations pending further study by the Department of Education.

A June 26 letter from the State Council for Persons with Disabilities to members of the House expressed concern with both the findings and the process used by the task force.