- Associated Press - Saturday, February 27, 2016

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The mother of a hearing-impaired girl is again suing over education services.

Coty Luke says daughter Taysia-Lee Alexander is being denied summer services as well as programs after school, the Maui News reported (https://bit.ly/1n5cNk6).

Luke had settled a lawsuit against the education department last year, warning that she would sue again if the proper services were not provided.

Department of Education spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said in email last week that the agency is confident it is providing appropriate services.

Luke said a schedule set by the education department splits her daughter’s time between preschool and kindergarten. She says that shouldn’t make Alexander ineligible for after-school programs.

“There’s nothing in the law that says she has to be in kindergarten full time in order to be in the after-school program,” Luke said. “They’re just changing it based upon the weather and how they feel.”

The lawsuit filed Feb. 7 says the department will not provide needed summer services for her daughter.

“We hear things and do things and remember it,” Luke said last week. “Kids with cochlear implants, they don’t do so well. You might have to tell them 10 times more than normal and if you have a break for nine weeks you don’t get that.”

The two sides could not come to a resolution during a meeting last week.

Luke expects a court date in the coming months.


Information from: The Maui News, https://www.mauinews.com

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