One Arizona charter school says it can’t handle a student they say is “special needs” because of his Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
AZCentral reported Thursday that the 6-year-old son of Haylee Barthol was kicked out of Heritage Elementary because the school “didn’t have the resources for his issues.”
Heritage gets state funding, which means it must abide by all state laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), adopted by the state.
Barthol said that Principal Justin Dye explained that would accept her son at the school if she was willing to volunteer every day at the school to supervise him. She said that the boy’s teacher made a similar statement, noting “as a charter school” they don’t have the money to handle a child with such disabilities. As a staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, it would be impossible for Barthol to be at her son’s school every day, all day.
Already, the boy’s mother was forced to delay a deployment so that she could find a new school for her child. However, Superintendent Jackie Trujillo claimed the school didn’t ask Barthol to take the child out of their school. It’s unclear how the child could still attend if the teacher and principal told the mother they couldn’t handle his disability, however.
“We wanted the student to stay, and wanted the parent to help out,” the superintendent said. “There were other issues going on. We were trying to work with the parent to come up with a solution.”
She didn’t clarify how the parent could “help out” if she’s deployed.
An investigation last year by the American Civil Liberties Union found overwhelming “illegal or exclusionary” enrollment practices happening in Arizona’s charter schools.
Principal Dye is currently the subject of a sexual harassment claim by a former teacher. Dye is also denying anyone said that the school didn’t have special education resources available.
“She didn’t want to stay at the school, and she was angry at the conversation that took place,” Trujillo claimed.