Caldara files state complaint over son’s BVSD special education services

Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute, filed a complaint with the state this week alleging the Boulder Valley School District is violating federal special education law by not allowing his son to attend school in person.

The Boulder resident’s 16-year-old son, Chance, has Down syndrome and attends Boulder High. Boulder Valley students have been attending school remotely since March, when school buildings were closed in response to increasing coronavirus cases.

Caldara said his son, who can’t read or write and who has speech issues, can’t access content online and isn’t receiving the in-person speech, occupational and physical therapies he needs.

“This is a violation of his opportunity for an equal education,” Caldara said. “At most, this online experiment is a bit of a distraction for him. It might keep him entertained for a little bit. The teachers love him. They do their best. But they don’t have the opportunity

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