The complaint says, instead, the students have received work packets sporadically — with practically no help from teachers.
WASHINGTON — The pandemic has been tough for most students — but for those incarcerated in the DC jail complex, they’ve had to get through it without teachers or classes for a year, a new lawsuit alleges.
The Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, School Justice Project, and Terris Pravlik & Millian LLP jointly filed the suit against DC Public Schools, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, and the District of Columbia on behalf of two specified students and 40+ others.
The students, using pseudonyms Charles H. and Israel F. for privacy reasons, are a 20-year-old 11th grader and 18-year-old 12th grader, respectively — both with multiple learning disabilities, according to the complaint.
Students with disabilities are entitled to special education until the age of 22 with an accompanying Individualized Education Program (IEP), according to federal and DC laws. The IEPs entitle them to special education and related services.