The problem with the policy concerns the age out procedure for students served through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Jones County policy states students enrolled in an ongoing special-education program are provided free appropriate public education from age 3 until their 22nd birthday.
Clark Howell Sauls III, the father of JCHS student Tucker Sauls, addressed the Board at their July 7 meeting, asking that the procedure be reconsidered.
He said, as it stands, the next school year would be Tucker’s last in the school system, and the new policy means his last year will be shortened by three months. Sauls said he was told it was a funding issue.
The father researched 22 counties surrounding Jones County and found the only other county requiring the student the leave on their 22nd birthday was Baldwin.
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