Future Unclear For Schools For Deaf In Wilson And Two Other Locations

A North Carolina public school leader says the state education agency isn't equipped to educate deaf and blind students.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports Monday that state legislators unhappy with students' academic performance recently transferred control of the three state-run schools for the deaf and blind to the Department of Public Instruction.

Now state Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison wants to give the schools back to the state Department of Health and Human Services. Harrison says he does not think the state's schools agency has the resources or experience to run the three special schools.

The state has residential schools for deaf children in Morganton and in Wilson. The Governor Morehead School for the Blind is in Raleigh.

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