Education complaint against Iowa DHS in the works

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A nonprofit government funded advocacy group for people with disabilities says it plans to file a complaint against the Iowa Department of Human Services. The complaint will allege that several children kept in isolation at a state-run home for children in Toledo were denied their federally guaranteed right to public education.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/13d3oXv ) Disability Rights Iowa wants the state to pay the cost of additional schooling or tutoring and related expenses, such as transportation.

The federally funded organization that advocates for the disabled says children who were living long term in isolation cells at the Iowa Juvenile Home were denied individualized instruction and only given worksheets or instructional packets to complete on their own.

Federal law requires states to provide public education to children with disabilities.

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