Advocates upset about bill on deaf, blind schools

Advocates upset about bill on deaf, blind schools

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Parents and advocates say a bill making tweaks to educational services for the deaf and blind doesn't do anything substantive.

They say House Bill 296, sponsored by Rep. Ken Sumsion, R-American Fork, makes small changes in governance to the Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind but doesn't address whether the institution should be split into one school for blind students and another for deaf students.

Ron Gardner, president of the Utah chapter of the National Federation for the Blind, calls the bill window dressing.

Sumsion, who was part of a two-year task force to improve the Utah schools, says the group did skirt some difficult issues, but he calls the bill a good first step.

Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune,

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