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State law may fail special needs students

Oklahoman Published: February 26, 2013

BROKEN ARROW -- A Broken Arrow family is challenging the Oklahoma Department of Education's testing guidelines.

Tulsa TV station KJRH reports that the family thinks the new rules may prohibit special needs children such as theirs from passing.

The battle centers on color coding for testing, which the education department has banned due to ACE test requirement changes.

The families believe the changes constitute federal civil rights violations regarding testing.

Some state legislators, including state Rep. Jadine Nolland of Sand Springs, have agreed to join in, with legislation designed to change the state law.

Nolland told 2NEWS:"I think the sooner we do something for these students, the better. I know that their families feel that way, I know that their families want to celebrate their achievements."

Meanwhile, state education officials say there are provisions to help those with special needs.

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