Special Education Implementation to be Reviewed
Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)
July 19, 2000 1:24 PM
Education Minister Jane Purves has launched a process to review
the implementation of Nova Scotia's special education policy as
promised earlier this spring.
"It's a good time to evaluate our progress in providing services
to Nova Scotia students with special needs," Ms. Purves said.
"This review will help us identify what we should do to make
The minister indicated in May that a review would be conducted.
Since then, the terms of reference have been set and a review
committee has been formed.
Committee members include parents of children with special needs
as well as representatives from organizations involved with
children and youth with disabilities, school boards, the Nova
Scotia Teachers Union, universities and government departments
involved in providing services to students with special needs.
The review process will be defined by the committee over the
coming weeks. It will include opportunities for input from the
The Department of Education's special education policy manual,
released in April of 1996, emphasizes individualized program
planning, parental involvement, inclusive schooling, and a team
approach to meeting the needs of the special needs students.
Both the Education Act and regulations support the policy.
The government's agenda includes a promise to develop a
multi-year plan for addressing the need for additional resources
for children with special education needs.
"As part of that process it is essential that we first review
progress to date and make sure that resources are well spent,"
Ms. Purves said.
The goal is to give the minister of education an interim report
by early winter. Final recommendations are to be completed by
spring of 2001.
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The province has launched a process to review the
implementation of Nova Scotia's special education policy.
Education Minister Jane Purves says the review will identify
what is needed to make improvements.
The minister of education should have an interim report by
early winter. Final recommendations are to be completed by spring
Parents, special needs advocates, school boards, teachers,
universities and government departments are represented on the
The province will develop a multi-year plan based on
addressing additional resources for children with special
Contact: Dan Davis
Department of Education
ram July 19, 2000 12:18 p.m.