The call for information regarding Office of Civil Rights is erroneous. We suspect that the originator, though likely well intentioned, was misinformed when they reported that GAO is seeking letters from parents for a report on issues at OCR.
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Georgeann M. Higgins
PLEASE FORWARD/CIRCULATE WIDELY WITHOUT FURTHER PERMISSION FROM THE AUTHOR:
I just rec'd this from another list. If OCR dumped your complaint without doing a real investigation - didn't investigate at all or took the district's word for everything - or made a finding based on wrong statements or interpretations of Section 504, please read the message below and respond IMMEDIATELY. - Dee Alpert
Gov't Accountability Office is Seeking Information and Need Info ASAP....
I was just told that Georgianne Higgins of the Gov't Accountability Office, is still seeking information from parents who have gone to OCR and have gotten nowhere. She is supposed to be doing a report regarding the issues with OCR . She has asked that we get as many parents to write a letter to her attention by tomorrow as she is on a deadline.