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Embattled Special Ed Director Osypuk Resigns

Deirdre Osypuk, who has been on paid leave of absence as special education director for Darien Public Schools, has resigned, the school district announced.

Darien Public Schools announced Thursday afternoon the resignation of controversial Director of Special Education Deirdre Osypuk, who has been on a paid leave of absence since early 2013.

Here is her letter of resignation:

January 21, 2014

Dear Dr. [Lynne] Pierson [Interim Superintendent of Schools],

I am resigning as Director of Special Education effective immediately.

As explained to you in my December 23, 2013 18-page response to the Gamm report, I inherited many problems. I am proud to have led improvements in student achievement, as evidenced by an increase in CMT vertical scale scores in Reading and Math; to have promoted the inclusion of special needs students into their neighborhood schools; and to have delivered a student-centered and fiscally responsible budget.

It was validating to read in the “Gamm Report” that the corrections I made to students’ IEP’s did “not reflect substantive service changes.” The corrections, such as correcting inaccurate dates, did not impact student services and were trivial in nature.  It was also validating to read in the Connecticut State Department of Education’s report, “Many staff members said they did not interpret the ‘unified front’ language in the training material to mean that a preapproval or predetermination of services was required.”

It has been a pleasure working with such a talented group of educators, students, parents, and administrators.

Sincerely,
Deirdre Osypuk

Editor's note: Darien Patch originally published a copy of Osypuk's response to the Gamm report, but for now we've deleted our public copy. The copy was provided by Osypuk's lawyer, not the school district, as originally reported.

singyn smithe January 31, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Could someone kindly explain how David DesRoches calls himself a journalist. His impartial reporting aatounds , doesn't it? As for Feinstein, well his amateur night YouTube performance speaks for his character and speaks volumes.
Sam February 01, 2014 at 09:17 AM
Lets give David DesRoches a chance. I will ask you to research and write a piece on the following: 1. Why does CT one of the smallest state have the highest Mediation and Due Process in the whole Country. Heres an example take the whole mid west due process cases and mediation times 10 and you still have CT leading the way. 2. Why does it cost 60,000 to 100,000 for a due process case, and 18,000 - 20,000 for mediation each for the districts schools attorney and parents attorney. 3. Why is it in Long Island, Westchester County one of the highest cost of living in the world Due process and Mediation is only a fraction of the cost. 4. Why aren't Attorneys and Advocates for parents utilizing complaint procedure which is free and very effective. 5. In this particular case why did the attorney threaten to have the state take over special education services in Darien? the state has mandated over the years to lower the cost and identification of Special Education students. This threat made by the special education attorney would have only helped the BOE and BOF lower cost and punish the special education student. 6. CPAC, FAVOR all offer free advocacy services to parents. Please write article so parents are aware that there is no need spend your life savings. 7. I'm no fan of Dr. Osypuk but if parents are taking advantage of Special Education services by asking for transportation during the holiday or ESY while they are out of the country This needs to be investigated and easy to do. It's called prior written notice the IEP list actions proposed and actions refused are on page 4 of the IEP. 8. Why are teachers afraid to speak up at PPTs is it because of the litigation on both sides. 9. Where were these avengers when Bridgeport Board of Education decided to unilaterally bring back ever student from outplacement without a PPT or a due process. And why are 20 children and six adults dead in Newtown when the whole state knew that Newtown Special Education was corrupt. The way I see it is simple the only people that are wining are the district attorneys and the parent attorneys they have a become cash cows. This is all money that could have gone directly to students services.
Darien Taxpayer February 01, 2014 at 09:58 AM
Sam, some great points, let's hope the patch leaves them up. I believe your comments were censored last time you posted. You are right, teachers are afraid to speak up and Apparently the patch is afraid of litigation also. My point is that it's hard to have a debate when there can't be an examination of the details of specific cases.
singyn smithe February 01, 2014 at 10:02 AM
I agree and yes I believe same last posts were removed for whatever reason. And taxpayer you are correct cant be any true debate without the drtsuks and specific facts.
Sam February 01, 2014 at 11:10 AM
I spent my whole life savings on these creeps. The whole special education system in Connecticut is completely broken.. And I truly have little faith that it will ever be fixed. I have a child with severe needs I lost me job due attending to my child's needs. My whole life savings went to advocates, attorney, evaluations and for what nothing - nothing to show just a fractured relationship with the very people I need to trust to help my child. Students, parents and teachers are the looser in this. You have shady attorney telling parents that the school district are evil, evil people they break all the laws just for the fun of watching your child suffer. And then they have the district attorneys telling teachers that these parents are monsters who want to destroy your life, take your home and kill your pets. The state of Connecticut needs to stop using IDEA funds to pay for litigation.

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