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A Letter from General Director Kim Workman Regarding the Parent Survey on Exceptional Student Education

February 12, 2019

Dear Parent,

Your opinion is extremely important to us! Each year the Florida Department of Education (FDOE) surveys parents of children with an individual educational plan (IEP) to determine how well each school is partnering with parents and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. All states must collect this data as part of their State Performance Plan, as required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

This survey provides valuable information that allows us to understand what we do successfully, and on practices we may need to improve upon. After reviewing last year’s survey results, here are some of the changes we have implemented.

  • FDLRS Parent Services is offering more parent training sessions during the day, in the evening, as well as upon request at individual schools.
  • FDLRS Parent Services is offering some parent training sessions in Spanish.
  • FDLRS Parent Services trainings are being offered in a variety of locations to support all areas of the district.
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools has updated their Exceptional Student Education (ESE) portion of the website offering information about organizations that offer support for families and clarity on the process when you may disagree with a decision of the school. Explore our new website at

We continue to respond to the needs of the community and look for opportunities for families and educators to work together as partners to enhance the learning experiences for all students as we Prepare Students for Life.

Please know that your responses are confidential, and no personally identifiable information will be included in data or reports provided to the FDOE or districts. Be on the lookout in your child’s backpack, as all surveys were recently sent to your child’s school. Each survey includes a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope for your convenience.

Each paper survey includes a Survey ID. You may elect to fill out the paper copy or you can complete the survey online at

If you have not received your survey, please contact your child’s case manager at their school. You may also complete the survey online at

We would like to encourage you to complete this survey. Thank you for taking this opportunity to partner with us and for sharing your input.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Valdes at or (813) 837-7733 or email


Kimberly Workman

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