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Teacher's Allergy, Ohio Girl's Service Dog At Odds

ATHENS, Ohio - The mother of an autistic first-grader who uses a service dog is challenging a decision that the girl must change schools in her southeast Ohio district because her special-education teacher is allergic to dog dander.

Athens schools' superintendent Carl Martin calls it a reasonable solution to balance the rights of the teacher and the student.

Charla Gretz, of The Plains, tells The Columbus Dispatch it would disturb her 6-year-old daughter. She also says the bus ride would be significantly longer, a claim Martin disputes.

An attorney with the Ohio School Boards Association says schools are legally obligated to accommodate the student and teacher. She says that might be harder for a smaller district like Athens with fewer special-education teachers.

Gretz plans to take the issue to the school board.

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