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School Ombudsman Again Fielding Parents' Complaints

The Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education is once again active after 4-year hiatus with the appointment of Joyanna Smith as school ombudsman.  GreaterGreaterEducation's Natalie Wexler reports that "Parents and students who encounter problems with issues like bullying, school discipline, and special-education services can once again bring them to the Office of the Ombudsman for Public Education. While Smith has no power to enforce a particular outcome, she says the intervention of a neutral party often turns up solutions that schools and parents aren't able to get to on their own."