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District response to March 4 Times Union article

| March 4, 2015

A message from Superintendent Joseph Corr:

You might be aware that a story appeared in the March 4, 2015 edition of The Times Union, entitled, “Advocacy group fights district”.

The matter that is currently in federal court is not about whether the allegations of abuse or neglect occurred, but rather to determine if Disability Rights New York (“DRNY”) has jurisdiction in public schools. This appears to be a novel issue regarding such an organization seeking access to public schools in New York State. Furthermore, the district is obligated by law to protect the privacy rights of all students. To allow DRNY access to all student records would be a violation of that right. This matter is currently under litigation and a court determination has not yet been made.

The District conducts a Special Education program of which it is proud and provides its students with educational disabilities all of the education, services and protections afforded them by law and the best educational practices through the District’s expertise and professionalism. I can tell you unequivocally that we would never tolerate instances of abuse or neglect within the North Colonie school district. When concerns are presented to us, we thoroughly investigate them and follow all proper procedures. In the instances cited in the news article, we immediately requested specifics from DRNY and conducted our own thorough investigation. DRNY, although making serious sounding allegations, adamantly refused to provide any specifics. Nevertheless, in an abundance of caution, we conducted a thorough review of all allegations, practices, and procedures, and found no issues of concern.

As always, if you have any further concerns, please contact the district and they will be addressed.

Sincerely,
Superintendent Joseph Corr

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