Calif. school is liable in special-education case, court rules

03/23/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

A federal appeals court has ruled that parents of a child with learning disabilities can sue a school district if they feel the child's educational needs aren't being appropriately addressed. Under federal law, schools must identify students with disabilities and educate them. The Compton Unified School District in California "chose to ignore [the student's] disabilities" -- a violation of the law, according to the majority opinion. The dissenting judge wrote that the law allows complaints that protest a school's wrongful actions, not its inaction.

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