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Here’s a recap our three-part series: How one York County mother is fighting for her child’s education

Larisa Turkatte and her son, Brandon. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
Larisa Turkatte and her son, Brandon. (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)

Larisa Turkatte has been fighting the York County School Division over her son’s education for months.

Brandon is a 7-year-old boy with autism and a feeding disorder. Because of his condition, he receives his homebound education services at home from a special education teacher.

After Larisa said she noticed there were several hours of instruction unaccounted for, she filed a complaint with the York County School Division. For months, Larisa talked with school administrators asking for more educational hours she felt were taken and now owed to her son. When no resolution could be reached, she filed multiple complaints with the Virginia Department of Education.

Eventually, Brandon’s education stopped.

Since August of this year, there has been an issue with the number of hours Brandon received from the school division, how the school division handled the allocation of more hours to the boy and the due process involving Larisa, the school division and the Virginia Department of Education, she said.

WYDaily will follow the story as it unfolds.

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Due process: How one mother is fighting the York County School Division for her child’s education

Julia Marsiglianohttp://wydaily.com
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to julia@localvoicemedia.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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