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GISD to provide special needs program in a different "model" and not at Flint's Durant-Tuuri-Mott

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GENESEE COUNTY (WJRT) - (06/06/14) - There will be a change in the way the Genesee Intermediate School District delivers some special needs programs next school year.  
  
It's not sitting well with some parents.

We spoke with two mothers, Friday.

Their children are blind and attend Flint's Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary.

Both say they received phone calls recently saying their kids, who are not Flint district students, will not be there next school year.

"No answers. They are not giving us anything," said Hope Moore. "Flint is not talking. The (G)ISD is not talking. They say they're going to have a meeting next week with us. I don't know if that's true."

Moore lives in Clio, but says she wants her 11-year-old son, Jacob, to keep going to school in Flint with the teachers and staff who have been instrumental in his education.    

Jerry Johnson, spokesman for the GISD, confirmed certain special needs services will be provided using a different model, but stressed the 8-10 students this impacts will receive the high quality education they deserve.

Johnson said the decision to do this was part of a process involving all of the local superintendents.

"That was not the decision of the Flint Community Schools," said Flint Community Schools Interim Superintendent Larry Watkins Jr. "That was a decision made by the GISD."

Up until this switch, Flint Community Schools has been contracted by the GISD to provide this center-based program.

Johnson said there is a state requirement limiting the number of host district students, that would be Flint in this case, allowed in the program. He said there were about 25 percent too many.

Johnson said the GISD is still in the process of figuring out where the students affected by this change will go to school next school year.

"They keep telling us August. August isn't good enough for any of us. We want answers now. We want to know where they're going to go next year," said parent Amber Follo.

"Flint Community Schools will continue to have the program for our students that live in our district," Watkins said.
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