Disability advocates file complaint against Wake schools
Posted July 19, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. — In the latest in a series of civil rights complaints against the Wake County Public School System, a group of advocates for students with disabilities charges that those students are not getting the education they deserve.
Advocates for Children’s Services and Raleigh attorney Mark Trustin filed the complaint with the state Department of Public Instruction Thursday alleging violations of federal and state law by Wake schools against students who are disabled and serving long-term suspensions from the classroom.
The complaint alleges that those students don't have the individualized educational adaptations guaranteed to them by law while they are outside the normal classroom, in alternative schools or in tutoring programs.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is already investigating a complaint against the school system about the treatment of Spanish-speaking parents of Latino students.
That complaint names three Latino students who were informed in English that they were being given long-term suspensions. Letters in English were sent home to their parents, who couldn't read them, the groups claim.
The Office of Civil Rights is also looking into whether the district's controversial student assignment policy is unfair to low-income students.
In June, the district settled a Title IX complaint stemming from athletic opportunities for female students.