The Justice Department announces settlement agreement with Florida’s Volusia County School District (VCS) to address the district’s systemic and discriminatory practices that punish students with disabilities for their disability-related behavior and deny them equal access to VCS’s programs and services. DOJ News Release: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-department-settles-florida-s-volusia-county-school-district-protect-students
Brief explanation posted by Wrightslaw: https://www.wrightslaw.com/blog/breaking-news-justice-department-settles-with-florida-district-in-discrimination-class-removals-case/
Under the agreement, VCS will revise and implement policies and practices to comply with the ADA, particularly those relating to:
- attendance and removals;
- law enforcement involvement; and
- behavioral interventions and supports.
Volusia Schools will also: