IDEA takes NV to court over blocked access to assessment services for students

The Iqaluit District Education Authority (IDEA) has taken the Government of Nunavut to court over the termination of a federally funded program that would have assessed special needs students, reports Nunatsiaq News. The Government of Canada’s Child First Initiative Program provided IDEA with $120K to begin screening 28 school-aged children for emotional and behavioural challenges. However, Nunatsiaq News reports that the NV Department of Education ended the program before it could begin, saying that there are already programs in place for special needs students. IDEA lawyer Anne Crawford said that the main goal of this judicial review is to ensure students are assessed, and a second goal was to “assert control over school property.”

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