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Special Education Law

Jewish schools sue California for special education funding

On Behalf of | Apr 6, 2023 | Special Education |

All students have the right to an appropriate and fair educational experience, regardless of learning abilities. Special education students in California are entitled to services and support through their schools that will allow them to be in class, receive an education and maintain social contact with their peers. Jewish schools in the state have recently filed a lawsuit against the state, fighting for special education funding in order to provide this type of support for their students. 

Discrimination against some special education students? 

The lawsuit alleges that the state discriminates against Jewish special education students by withholding funding from these private, religious institutions. In the lawsuit, a religious freedom and rights organization demands an end to this unlawful discrimination. The claim was filed by the organization on behalf of two different Jewish schools and three sets of parents.  

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act is a federal statute that only applies to nonsectarian schools, according to the state of California. IDEA funding is intended to support special-education programs, staff training, technologies and other important components needed by special education students. The lawsuit claims that withholding IDEA funding from religious schools discriminates and harms vulnerable children. 

Seeking important support 

Special education students may need specialized types of support and assistance in the classroom. Many parents find it helpful to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney who can provide insight regarding the potential legal options available in a specific situation. If a parent believes that their child is experiencing any type of discrimination on the basis of their child’s disability, it may be appropriate to take legal action.