Meltdown in Temecula as State Investigation Finds Massive Non-Compliance in TVUSD Special Education
Temecula, CA is home to the most famous special education department in the United States. However, it’s a distinction that Temecula Valley Unified School District (TVUSD) brass would likely not want, because it was earned after TVUSD allowed undercover cops onto their campuses, resulting in the entrapment of nine special education students, who were handcuffed in front of their classmates and hauled off to jail.
And now, TVUSD’s reputation is about to get even worse.
We are the first to report that last week, TVUSD superintendent Timothy Ritter received the results of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) year-long investigation into TVUSD’s special education department. The State’s investigation of TVUSD is something we had previously reported.
Some Key Takeaways from the CDE Report
- Under the current TVUSD administration, the number of TVUSD’s special education students that went on to higher education, some other post-secondary education or training program, or were employed at any level was found to be 8.3%. This falls pathetically short of the state’s target of 69%.
- The four year graduation rate of special education students in TVUSD was 76.4% percent, far short of the state’s target of 90%.
- 20% of parents who requested interpretation services at IEP meetings were not provided with an interpreter.
- Non-compliance items that were discovered in 2009-2010 by a mandatory Riverside County review have not been corrected. It was during the 2009-2010 school year that TVUSD’s current Director of Special Education, Kimberly Velez, was promoted to lead the Special Education Department.