Father of special needs teenager suing Boulder Valley schools over son’s education

BOULDER, Colo. (KDVR) — There are few things in life Jon Caldara cares about more than his son Chance. With an unprecedented school year, he’s worried about the quality of his son’s education, due to his special needs.

“He can’t read, can’t write. He’s verbally very limited,” Caldara said. “It might work for many kids. It will not, does not, can not work for kids like Chance.”

Chance is 16 and has Down syndrome. Caldara says the end of the last school year was brutal for his son, and is seeing little, if any, progress a month into this school year.

“He learns by doing, by touching, by being directed, by being moved here, by being moved there. By interacting with his peers,” Caldara said.

Caldara plans on suing the school district. His attorney, Igor Raykin, has filed a due process complaint and request for mediation with the Colorado Department

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