Lawsuit seeks higher age limit for special education in Hawaii schools

07/28/2010 | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Disability advocates filed a class-action lawsuit in Hawaii on Tuesday, asking officials to raise the cutoff age for special education from 20 to 22 in the state's public schools. "The concern is that disabled students in Hawaii are being deprived of an education after age 20," said the executive director of the Hawaii Disability Rights Center, which filed the suit. The federal government requires that states provide special education to students until age 22 unless a state applies a lower limit to students of all abilities. The lawsuit alleges that some general-education students are being permitted to stay in school longer.

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