DOJ: Georgia schools violated disabled students’ rights

ATLANTA (AP) – The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against the state of Georgia over the treatment of students with disabilities.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta says thousands of public school students in Georgia’s Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support Program, known as GNETS, were placed in separate, segregated and unequal settings in violation of federal law. Civil Rights Division head Vanita Gupta says students with disabilities have a right to interact with and learn alongside their peers who are not disabled.

Representatives for Attorney General Sam Olens and state Superintendent Richard Woods didn’t immediately respond to the lawsuit.

The Department of Justice first notified the state in July of 2015 that the program was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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