Australian state argues it isn't bound to federal disability act

08/26/2011 | Age (Melbourne, Australia), The

Education officials in Victoria, Australia, are arguing in a court case that state rights bar the federal government from requiring a certain number of aides be hired to help students with special needs. Special-education advocates say the argument could hurt students who need help. If the court agrees with the officials, that "would substantially diminish the protections the Disability Discrimination Act provides to disabled children," said Gabriel Kuek of Access Law, which is representing a student with a disability in the case.

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