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Mother fed up with CCSD special education services takes complaint to state

Posted at 7:43 PM, Feb 24, 2017
The Clark County School District was ordered to take corrective action after a state investigation found it failed to comply with a special education student’s learning plan.  
 
School has become stressful for Adriana Brown’s 13-year-old son Armani who has special needs. 
 
“They said that his stress level is at 75 percent. His self-esteem has went completely down,” Brown said through tears. 
 
Armani’s school is required by federal law to follow an individualized education program or IEP. It’s a learning plan designed specifically for him. 
 
However, Brown said Gibson Middle School and Kit Carson Elementary School didn’t adhere to the plan when Armani was in 5th grade and 6th grade. 
 
“I knew that my son was not receiving these services,” Brown said. 
 
Brown filed a complaint with the Nevada Department of Education in November. Last month, the department issued a report of the investigation. Investigators found that the Clark County School District failed to provide Armani with the required amount of speech therapy outlined in his IEP. It also didn’t provide adequate transportation for Armani under certain circumstances. 
 
“How many other children are being deprived of their education?” Brown said. 
 
A spokesperson for CCSD declined to comment due to student privacy reasons.
 
The Nevada Department of Education confirmed to 13 Action News that the district was ordered to take “corrective action” when dealing with Brown’s son. 
 
If other parents find themselves in similar situations they have several options. 
 
Marianne Lanuti has been an attorney specializing in special education rights for 20 years. She said parents can ask school districts for a due process hearing, an independent educational evaluation, or they can file a state complaint.