Legislators were unhappy with the academic performance of deaf and blind students attending schools run by the state Department of Health and Human Services, so they transferred control of those schools to the state Department of Public Instruction.
But State Board of Education Chairman Bill Harrison wants to give back the schools to the DHHS. Harrison said this week he'll meet with legislative leaders to talk about the transfer, because he does not think the DPI has the resources or experience to run the three special schools.
The state has two residential schools for deaf children, one in Morganton and one in Wilson. The Governor Morehead School for the Blind is in Raleigh. The DHHS is investigating the Morganton school after allegations that the school's director covered up instances of student abuse.
The education department would be happy to work with the DHHS on academic issues, Harrison said, but control of the schools should stay with the health department.
Reversing the transfer would take some work. Legislators would have to pass a new law.
Legislators eliminated the DHHS Office of Education Services, which oversees the schools, and the people who work there are looking for new jobs.