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Strauss: It just keeps getting worse

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:00am

Just when you think this story can’t get any more awful, it does. Andrea Rediske’s effort to help families of children with severe disabilities has taken yet another frustrating turn.

I’ve written several posts about Rediske’s long struggle with the Florida Department of Education over a requirement that her blind and severely brain-damaged son, Ethan, take state-mandated standardized tests. Rediske won a waiver for her son in 2013, but earlier this year she was told she had to apply for another one or prove that he wasn’t able to do so. At the time, Ethan was dying in a hospital; he passed away Feb. 7, at home with his parents at his side.

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