The Volusia County School District (VCS) in Florida entered a settlement agreement with the federal Department of Justice (DOJ) to correct the district’s systemic and discriminatory practices that punished students with autism and other disabilities for their disability-related behavior. The DOJ said VCS denied these students equal access to VCS’s programs and services. Additionally, VCS required parents or guardians to pick up their children with disabilities from school or to keep them home if the student had disruptive behaviors. VCS also engaged with law enforcement to remove students with disabilities, one as young as kindergarten age, from . . .
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