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ELC Alternative Education Complaint to U.S. Dept. of Justice (August 2013)

This is an Education Law Center complaint filed on August 7, 2013 to the U.S. Department of Justice seeking an investigation into discriminatory placement of students in Pennsylvania’s Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth programs.

The complaint cites four years worth of data showing a disproportionately high number of students with disabilities and African American students are removed from traditional public schools and sent to educationally inferior AEDY or similar alternative education programs, often in violation of federal laws.

In March 2019, the Department of Justice announced that it had reached a settlement agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.