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By David A. Clarke Jr.
Blame Washington's intelligence failure, not lack of police
Topic - Judy Pattik
In poorer public school districts in Maryland, the percentage of students receiving special education is disproportionately higher than in wealthier districts, and has been since early 2000.
Staffers commonly visit families' homes and make suggestions, sometimes on "very basic parenting skills in combination with" special education, but they can't force a family to comply, said Judy Pattik, special education coordinator for Howard County Public Schools.
Schools must meet the same federal and state standards, but counties can deliver services in ways that best fit their demographics, which could account for disparities across the state, she said.