Tennessee district ordered to pay disabled student $103k

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Tennessee school district to pay $103,000 to the family of a student with Down syndrome who was removed from an elementary school.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier ruled this week that the Hamilton County Department of Education needs to reimburse Luka Hyde's family for five years of private education costs.

The case found Hyde's removal from Normal Park Elementary School in 2013 violated multiple federal guidelines protecting students with disabilities.

Hyde, then a second-grader, was placed in a comprehensive development classroom at Red Bank Elementary. Under the program, he spent half his days separated from the general student population.

School district attorney Scott Bennett said he believes the district's insurance carrier will cover the reimbursement.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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