Student sues Montana college after flunking math

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Hannah Valdez

Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont. (courtesy

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Helena, Mont. -- A Rocky Mountain College art student is suing the Billings, Mont., school because she can't pass the math courses required for a bachelor's degree.

Hannah Valdez's attorney says she has a range of disabilities, including Asperger's syndrome, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyscalculia, which is a mathematics learning disability.

Attorney Donald Harris said Tuesday that Valdez's disabilities prevent her from passing two math courses that are part of the general education requirements to graduate with a bachelor of arts degree.

She is asking a judge to require the college to substitute two other courses for the math classes.

A response filed in U.S. District Court Monday by the college's attorney says school officials offered to accommodate Valdez, but it can't fundamentally alter its educational program.

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