‘Traumatized’ refugee students sue Lancaster school district over treatment
July 19, 2016 – by Colin Deppen – PennLive
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against a Lancaster school district arguing that the district has denied refugee children the learning opportunities afforded to them by law.
Similar suits were recently settled by districts in Utica City, NY, and in Florida.
The latest legal action, brought against the School District of Lancaster this week, involves claims by a group of local refugee students who “were, are, or may be in the future denied their right to equal educational opportunities and meaningful public education by Defendant School District of Lancaster in violation of the U.S. Constitution, federal civil rights statutes, and Pennsylvania education law.”
The Education Law Center co-counseled with the ACLU on the suit, and Pepper Hamilton LLP is providing pro bono counsel.