How the Justice Department Is Trying to Dismantle Georgia’s Segregated Special-Education System

MOTHER JONES, 31 AUGUST 2016, FEAT. PROF. EMILY SUSKI:

Last week, the Justice Department announced it would sue the state of Georgia for running a network of schools that segregated students with disabilities from those without, denying them equal access to services and educational opportunities. The lawsuit, which seeks to desegregate the state’s program of so-called psychoeducational schools, could prompt school districts across the country to look closely at whether they are illegally separating students with disabilities from their peers.

The DOJ alleges in the suit that Georgia violated Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by public entities. “Georgia has relegated thousands of students with behavior-related disabilities to separate, segregated, and unequal settings, and placed other students at serious risk of entering such settings,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta in a statement.

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