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Oakdale Elementary deaf, hard-of-hearing program future uncertain [Video]

Parents said they received calls from a Toledo Public Schools staff member, saying this is the last year the program that’s been around for over 40 years will exist.

TOLEDO, Ohio —

Some Toledo Public Schools parents are concerned about the future of their children’s education.

Parents said they have received calls from a TPS staff member, saying the deaf and hard-of-hearing program at Oakdale Elementary won’t be offered next year.

One mother, Shina Ward, said her daughter has been at Oakdale since pre-school and is now in fourth grade.

Ward said she was told her daughter could stay at Oakdale if Ward could provide transportation. She says if she can, her daughter could be placed in a special needs class.

Ward said the other option she was given was a school in Michigan that offers deaf education.

She said she asked if it were funding or transportation issues but was not able to receive any answers.

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