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New Orleans special needs students file federal lawsuit against Louisiana Department of Education

Ten special needs students have filed a class action lawsuit in federal court alleging that the New Orleans public schools are discriminating against them because of their disabilities.

In July, the plaintiffs, who are represented by attorneys from the Southern Poverty Law Center and Loyola Law Clinic, initiated a complaint process against the Louisiana Department of Education. After mediation attempts failed, they sued in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, naming the Department of Education and state education officials as defendants.

The plaintiffs include a blind fourth-grader whose mother attended school with him every day because no staff member was assigned to guide him through the hallways and a fourth-grader with “emotional disturbance” who was allegedly kept in an isolation room and physically roughed up by school staff.

via New Orleans special needs students file federal lawsuit against Louisiana Department of Education | NOLA.com.

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