Lawsuit: Havasupai students deprived of ‘basic general education”. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| January 25, 2017

By Lily Altavena/Cronkite News • Grand Canyon News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Nine students in the Havasupai Nation have filed a lawsuit against the federal government claiming that agencies including the Bureau of Indian Education “have knowingly failed to provide basic general education” to children in the remote area of Arizona.

The suit revolves around Havasupai Elementary in the small village of Supai within the Grand Canyon, accessed only through an eight-mile hike or by helicopter. With about 75 total students, according to 2012-2013 BIE numbers — the latest numbers available — the school is small. But parents involved in the lawsuit say its problems are critical. Among their complaints: the school is understaffed, does not provide a general education curriculum, and lacks a system for offering special education.

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