The world’s leading public schools are turning away students with disabilities, a move that’s been denounced by human rights groups and critics of the policies as discriminatory.
The Associated Press reports that the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday that it is eliminating an important component of the American School, a list of schools in which students with physical or intellectual disabilities are enrolled.
The move is aimed at improving the school-to-prison pipeline, which allows people with disabilities to remain in public schools.
It follows a federal court ruling last year that found that a Texas school district had not discriminated against students with learning disabilities.
The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division says that it “will now focus its efforts on helping students with disability students to receive equal access to schools, programs and services.”
The Department says it will provide grants and support to help students with “learning disabilities and disabilities-related services” get into these schools.
In the meantime, students in states that don’t require students to have special needs to be in public school will still be able to access services and services that are available in the U.
“I’m very proud of what the Trump administration has done,” said Alexia DeLeon, a teacher at West Virginia’s Greenville-Spartanburg Elementary School who was born with a spinal cord injury and was told she was no longer eligible to attend the school in 2015.
“They took the most basic, basic human rights that we have in this country, which is the right to education,” she told The Associated Press.
“So now, in the future, I can go to school and I can be myself.”
The Associated News reported Wednesday that more than 1,200 people have signed an online petition urging the Department of Homeland Security to take action to ensure that people with learning and speech disabilities are not excluded from the country’s public schools, including students who are disabled, disabled-friendly, disabled, and learning disabled.
“These students are students of color, students of all races, and people with other disabilities.
They have the right not to be discriminated against,” DeLeon said.”
We have students who have disabilities that are completely different than we have.
And that’s why we are the ones that are so vulnerable,” she said.
“We’re the ones who need to be protected.”