External stakeholders identified a variety of concerns and questions about the student outcomes and operations at the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind (CSDB) to both the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and JBC staff. In response, JBC staff “researched” those concerns and the Department of Education’s (CDE) role in overseeing the school.” The JBC staff recommended that the JBC ask the Department to contract for “an independent external financial and performance review of the operations, performance, and academic expectations and outcomes of the school.” In a letter to the JBC from the Superintendent of the CSDB, Carol Hilty and the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Katy Anthes, they stated that the aim of the review was “to examine and identify program strengths, program gaps (areas for focus/growth) and resource allocation.” “The review will include program observation, a review of student data, interviews with staff, students and parents, as well as an opportunity for public comment.”

The Program Review Study Team is conducting several Town Hall meetings across the state to collect public input. We are also offering the opportunity for those who wish to share their thoughts about the performance and operation of the CSDB in writing to do so through this online questionnaire.

Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts, opinions and ideas about the educational services and opportunities available to deaf and blind students in Colorado. We will combine your responses with those we gather at the public meetings. This data will be independently analyzed by qualitative researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver. Their findings will be incorporated into the final report from the Program Review Study Team and be separately published along with the report. Please respond to the questionnaire by COB April 5 so we will have time to include your thoughts in the final report.

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