The California Department of Education (CDE) has initiated a formal investigation of the Temecula Valley Unified School District. The investigation has come to light just months after the CDE issued a notice of non-compliance with corrective actions against TVUSD related to their suspension and attempted expulsion of our son.
On Thursday night, January 16, 2014, the CDE conducted a parent/guardian input meeting at the TVUSD administrative office. In attendance were approximately 100 parents and/or guardians of special education students, and several personnel provided by the CDE. No TVUSD administrators were in attendance.
CDE will investigate your district using these methods:
- Parent/Guardian Input Meeting
- Interviews with parents and district staff
- Visits to school sites
- Review of policies and procedures
- Review of program implementation
- Review of student records
CDE will prepare a Corrective Action Plan based on findings of non-compliance found during this review.
Contact your district Superintendent for results of this review.
Here are some personal thoughts and observations.
Having the perspective of working in a government regulated industry for 15 years for companies that are subject to FDA regulatory oversight, it appears that the process being followed by the CDE is strikingly similar to an FDA audit. FDA audits are very serious matters, and the FDA can choose any corrective actions they feel appropriate. In the most egregious cases, criminal prosecution can be recommended.
The CDE’s parent/guardian input meeting included several extraordinary exchanges. Out of respect to the privacy of those in attendance, and to the investigatory process, specific details will not be posted at this time, except to say that some highly disturbing accounts were shared, and emotions and tears flowed freely in a highly intense atmosphere.