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assigned by the chief executive officer of the school district. The state and school district were on the same page. The MSDE, DEI & SES, and state assistant super-


intendent assigned endless technical assistance and resources to work collaboratively with the school district from the onset of the TCAP. Month after month, the school district’s team reflected progress.


The best explanation I could offer for the unwav- ering desire to succeed was the reward of success. Challenges were acknowledged and addressed by looking at all viable solutions, despite the obvious difficulties and known financial limitations. At the end of two years, the goals of the TCAP were met in the following target areas:


1. Policies and Procedures 2. Professional Development/Training 3.Communication 4.Timely Responsiveness to Parent Transportation Issues and Concerns


5. Student Ride Time for Students with Disabilities (SWD)


6.Data Review and Monitoring When all was said and done, there was no one


factor that could accurately account for the effec- tiveness and success of this hard-working team of school district professionals. A commitment to children with disabilities to receive special educa- tion and related services, in accordance with their IEPs, was the ultimate goal of the TCAP team. What the group learned was that an urban school district with limited resources and insur- mountable challenges could make a difference. A coherent joint transportation and special educa- tion organization structure evolved that produced positive results. ●


Bluth is a consultant to the Maryland State Department of Education Division of Early Intervention Services/Special Education. She is a past-president of the National Association for Pupil Transportation


and is a member of the organization’s Hall of Fame.


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