Hearing impaired students frustrated by move

September 9, 2008 9:47:14 PM PDT
Some parents whose children are enrolled in a hearing impaired program are calling for change saying that having their kids travel to three different school districts makes learning even more challenging.The Galveston Brazoria Cooperative for the Hearing Impaired services ten districts and more than 100 students. In order to get a public education, students must travel to three different school districts some more than 12 miles apart.

Parents say it's not only an inefficient use of special educators, who must also travel between school districts, but it makes learning for hearing impaired students tougher.

"Just when they get to the point where they are most comfortable and they are processing their daily life, as close to normal as one could expect given the challenges that they have, they are uprooted again," said Dan Skarke whose son is in the program.

Parents want the program consolidated into Clear Creek ISD that runs two of the four participating schools.

A district spokesperson says the current model is the most cost effective, adding that the current system allows several districts to share special education resources.

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