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Increased Arrests of School Staff for Violent Restraint of Texas Students

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2022 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Disability Rights Texas, 512-407-2739 Jolene Sanders, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, 512-478-3366 x 312 Increase in Arrest of School Staff for Violence Against Students Heightens Concern, Call for Action AUSTIN—As students returned to school after the holidays last week, the spread of a new COVID variant… Continue reading “Increased Arrests of School Staff for Violent Restraint of Texas Students”

Federal judge says AISD’s alleged systematic violations of IDEA act not cured

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2021 CONTACT: Edie Surtees, Communications Director 512-407-2739 esurtees@drtx.org Judge Rules Complaint Against Austin ISD Has Standing, Will Proceed Lawsuit Says District Has History of Delayed Evaluations, Violating Federal Law AUSTIN—A federal district court judge has denied a motion to drop a case against Austin Independent School District (AISD) that claims… Continue reading “Federal judge says AISD’s alleged systematic violations of IDEA act not cured”

First Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Texas Governor on Mask Mandate Ban Says It Violates ADA, Section 504

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The complaint states that the Governor’s Executive Order GA-38 prohibiting school districts and charter schools from implementing mask mandates is putting students with disabilities at significant risk, is discriminatory, and violates the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act. Continue reading “First Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Texas Governor on Mask Mandate Ban Says It Violates ADA, Section 504”