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Complaint: Student with disabilities not receiving education

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Disability Rights Montana has filed a lawsuit against the Office of Public Instruction and a rural Montana school district alleging a 16-year-old boy with disabilities has not received any formal education in three years, in violation of federal law.

The organization said it previously filed an administrative complaint with OPI, and if they can reach an agreement via mediation, they will not pursue the lawsuit filed last week.

Disability Rights Montana attorney Tal Goldin tells the Independent Record the school district has made excuses about its inability to provide appropriate services to the student and OPI hasn’t enforced its orders for the district to meet its responsibilities under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

OPI attorney Kyle Moen said the office couldn’t comment due to federal privacy laws.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com

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