In re J.A.

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A blow to the rights of parents to make decisions regarding class placement of multiples (twins, etc.) and an urgent call to the New York State Senate and Assembly to finally pass the "Twins Bill" and reform the New York State Education Department. The laws have changed in many states on this issue. Federal and State guidelines also have changed (and are, contrary to the above decision, binding on school boards as per the NCLB Act). Soon in New York, these guidelines may become state law as bills are before the Senate and Assembly and have been for several years (the multiples lobby is very strong due to the vast increase in multiple births). The studies for the last ten years or more have disproven the old tale of separation in every case (besides boy/girl twins have their own personalities anyway) and each multiple presents a unique problem. For example, what if a parent wants their multiples separated but the school is small and only has one class (more of a rural issue). If you are interested, she may want to investigate the research at the National Organization Of Mother Of Twins or visit twinslaw.com.

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Reference Info:Verdict | State, 2nd Circuit, New York | United States


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