Torin Togut, an attorney based in Gwinnett who specializes in representing students with disabilities, said he was unfamiliar with the STRIVE situation, but believes most transitional programs statewide do not provide those young adults with the necessary skills to get jobs that pay well. Many, he said, wind up in more taxpayer-funded state programs.
“The child falls through the holes, so to speak,” Togut said. “Having the linkage to ensure there is a good transition is critical.”
STRIVE students visit two job sites during the week. STRIVE had about 115 students this school year, according to Gwinnett records.
Gwinnett officials said since the complaint, they have added 30 minutes a day of instruction time. District spokeswoman Sloan Roach said Gwinnett contacted 97 students and eight agreed to the school district’s plan to make for the lost hours this summer.
Federal officials warned in a December report of unspecified “appropriate action” if Gwinnett doesn’t comply with the agreement.