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Cedar Falls, IA: Parents claim district failed to address son's multiple disabilities

Dec 1, 2018, Southern Minnesota: Cedar Falls, IA-Lawsuit claims Cedar Falls Schools, AEA didn’t provide student ‘appropriate’ education Central Rivers Area Education Agency and Cedar Falls Community Schools are facing a lawsuit claiming they didn’t provide a “free appropriate public education” to a 16-year-old former student. Christy and Lance Banwart of Cedar Falls are seeking damages of at least $414,300 for their son’s out-of-state residential school placements and related travel expenses plus attorney’s fees for past mediation and due process proceedings. The couple’s son, identified as C.B. in court filings, has been diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder, anxiety, cognitive delays, and autism. The Banwarts moved him to a Utah residential school in April 2016 over concerns that his “academic and functional progress had essentially stalled,” according to the lawsuit. They claim a residential school placement is necessary to complete his education. … According to the lawsuit, he has a history of struggling with “emotional regulation” and difficulty handling his frustrations “in an age appropriate manner.” Behaviors of concern at school included walking out of class or school without permission and becoming physically aggressive with teachers and staff by attempting to bite or scratch them.


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