Western Pennsylvania teachers' union objects to letting disabled student use faculty restroom

A teachers union says a special needs student at a Pittsburgh-area elementary school shouldn't be allowed to use a faculty restroom even though school officials say it's difficult for the boy to climb steps to reach a student restroom on another floor.

The Steel Valley Education Association filed a grievance, saying allowing the boy to use the restroom on the lower level of Park Elementary School violates the teachers' contract.

District Superintendent Ed Wehrer considered the grievance but said the boy could still use the restroom. He said federal law requires Steel Valley to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Officials say another restroom in a special education room is now taken up by a ventilation unit.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1IyxYkg) reports the school board plans to consider the issue.


Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com