NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It’s a case 15 years in the making, and it’s heading to the Supreme Court of Canada. A man says the North Vancouver school district didn’t do enough to help his dyslexic son.
Rick Moore’s son is now in his 20s and has long since graduated. But he says he’s had to pay a $100,000 in private school tuition to get him there.
He believes having Canada’s highest court hear the case will set a precedent on how the country handles education for kids with special needs.
“There must be thousands of kids like Jeff — stuck in the public system, not getting the help they need, simply because their parents [don't have] the means to afford a private school education.”
“Learning disabilities are genetic,” he explains. “When he has children entering the school system, it’s very likely his kids are going to need the same help. I don’t want [my son] to hurt as badly as we did.”
Moore applauds a recent move to early screening for kids with learning disabilities but feels the public system still leaves too many kids behind.