Detroit Public Schools to Improve Special Education Services, Achieve Efficiency Through New Software Agreement

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Detroit Public Schools

    DETROIT, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Education services for some
 13,000 Detroit Public Schools students will improve dramatically thanks to a
 new computer software agreement announced by CEO Dr. Kenneth S. Burnley.  The
 three-year contract with two one-year renewal options will also allow the
 district to realize additional federal dollars while making the organization
 more efficient and effective.
     DPS is contracting with 4GL School Solutions, Inc. for computer software
 and services that will create a comprehensive database of all special
 education students.  "After an extensive bidding process, we have identified a
 software program that is well-suited to our needs," said Dr. Burnley.  "Our
 students deserve the best services we can provide."
     The new software will give DPS special education teachers and
 professionals instant access to complete, updated information about students
 and their Individual Education Programs (IEPs.)  The improved system will
 directly impact the ability of teachers and professionals to assess student
 needs and provide services.  System-wide special education planning will also
 be enhanced.
     "We're proud to be helping Dr. Burnley and his team make the management of
 special education at DPS a model for the country," said Clark Easter,
 President and CEO of 4GL School Solutions.  "Special education is unique in
 the complexity of its process and the need to track thousands of related data
 elements for each student.  Our programs and software will permit DPS to
 manage its services based on accurate and complete data -- something that very
 few districts can do."
     Because the Detroit Public Schools receives payments for each eligible
 special education student, the new 4GL software will help increase revenues
 through greater efficiency.  Reports filed with the federal government will be
 much more accurate and timely.  "Academic achievement and organizational
 efficiency and effectiveness are major goals of the Detroit Public Schools,"
 said Dr. Burnley.  "We welcome this opportunity to improve student education
 while maximizing taxpayer dollars."
     The $6.3-million cost of the contract can eventually be offset by
 increased federal and state payments to DPS.  The new software is expected to
 be 75% operational within nine months and fully implemented within 18 months.
 
 

SOURCE Detroit Public Schools
    DETROIT, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Special Education services for some
 13,000 Detroit Public Schools students will improve dramatically thanks to a
 new computer software agreement announced by CEO Dr. Kenneth S. Burnley.  The
 three-year contract with two one-year renewal options will also allow the
 district to realize additional federal dollars while making the organization
 more efficient and effective.
     DPS is contracting with 4GL School Solutions, Inc. for computer software
 and services that will create a comprehensive database of all special
 education students.  "After an extensive bidding process, we have identified a
 software program that is well-suited to our needs," said Dr. Burnley.  "Our
 students deserve the best services we can provide."
     The new software will give DPS special education teachers and
 professionals instant access to complete, updated information about students
 and their Individual Education Programs (IEPs.)  The improved system will
 directly impact the ability of teachers and professionals to assess student
 needs and provide services.  System-wide special education planning will also
 be enhanced.
     "We're proud to be helping Dr. Burnley and his team make the management of
 special education at DPS a model for the country," said Clark Easter,
 President and CEO of 4GL School Solutions.  "Special education is unique in
 the complexity of its process and the need to track thousands of related data
 elements for each student.  Our programs and software will permit DPS to
 manage its services based on accurate and complete data -- something that very
 few districts can do."
     Because the Detroit Public Schools receives payments for each eligible
 special education student, the new 4GL software will help increase revenues
 through greater efficiency.  Reports filed with the federal government will be
 much more accurate and timely.  "Academic achievement and organizational
 efficiency and effectiveness are major goals of the Detroit Public Schools,"
 said Dr. Burnley.  "We welcome this opportunity to improve student education
 while maximizing taxpayer dollars."
     The $6.3-million cost of the contract can eventually be offset by
 increased federal and state payments to DPS.  The new software is expected to
 be 75% operational within nine months and fully implemented within 18 months.
 
 SOURCE  Detroit Public Schools