Saturday, August 25, 2012

Do you know of Schools that Violate Rights of Students with Disabilities?

“The School System’s policies and practices for students with disabilities who are pushed out of the classroom are clearly illegal,” says Jason Langberg, Equal Justice Works Fellow with ACS. “Worse, the most vulnerable students with the greatest needs are given inadequate IEPs and dumped in the very worst programs.

Moreover, their IEPs often do not include meaningful goals, necessary services, or effective behavior intervention plans, all of which is mandated by IDEA.

“Given that Wake County is a repeat offender and has been in violation of the law for three straight years, we’re hopeful that DPI fulfills its federally mandated oversight role and orders Wake County to take swift, comprehensive, and lasting corrective actions,” says Langberg. “Our children can’t wait another year.”

"Children with disabilities are entitled to a free appropriate public education. We have demonstrated that Wake County is not providing this, or even a minimally adequate level of attention, instruction, and services,” says attorney, Mark Trustin, whose area of concentration is public school law.

Download a PDF of this press release.

Attorneys with Advocates for Children’s Services (ACS), a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, and Mark Trustin, a local children’s rights attorney, today filed the latest in a series of formal complaints with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) alleging that the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) continues to violate the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state law by failing to provide appropriate educational services to students with disabilities during long-term suspensions.
Download a PDF of the complaint.

Legal Aid of North Carolina


Know Your Rights, Remedies, & Resources: A Handbook for Parents/Guardians and Students in North Carolina Public SchoolsAdvocates for Children's Services has published a new know-your-rights handbook for parents, guardians and students in the North Carolina public school system. The handbook provides an overview of the rights of parents, guardians and students, what remedies are available when those rights are violated, tips and tools for self-advocacy, and support resources. Download the handbook.

"Individual with Disabilities Education Act FACTS"
...Questions and answers on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which promises a free, appropriate, public education to all students, regardless of ability. This document was developed by Advocates for Children's Services, a statewide project of Legal Aid of North Carolina.
"School Suspension: Your Legal Rights & How to Appeal"
...This document was written as a brochure by the Greensboro Office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, and: (1) explains the seriousness of school suspension/expulsion; and (2) gives the student and his/he parents tips on how to proceed if he/she has been suspended more than 10 days.

  NC Attorney Manual on School Suspensions (2010 Edition)

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