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Oregon Sued Over Shortened School Days for Disabled Students

By George Khoury, Esq. on January 25, 2019 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

For many disabled students in the state of Oregon, the schools are failing. Rather than providing the "meaningful" education that is required by law, schools are sending students home early if they are not equipped to properly serve those students.

In addition to sending disabled students home, many are often taught in segregated settings and not given opportunities to learn in the standard classroom learning environment amongst peers. And while it might seem like individualized or specialized classroom settings would be beneficial, research shows that disabled students also need to be part of the standard classroom as well.

From Home to Court

As reported by Oregon Live, the putative class action lawsuit, filed by the parents of four Oregon school kids, alleges that some kids are sent home after an hour or less of instruction. And while shortened days might sometimes be necessary on a temporary basis for various reasons, the parents allege that many students are placed on shortened day schedules for months, semesters, or even indefinitely.

In a two year time period, one organization in the state, designed to support parents with children with special education needs, received over 250 unique complaints of students being put on shortened schedules.

One of the bigger challenges, which the lawsuit concedes, is that many of the disabled students put on shortened schedules have "scared people, damaged property or even hurt others at their schools." But those actions are often a product of the schools failing to take proper actions to prevent those actions.

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