Jailed students in Massachusetts sue Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over special ed access (Boston Herald)

 

On April 17th, the Boston Herald’s Rick Sobey wrote about the lawsuit against DESE filed by three incarcerated students. The students argue that they are not being provided special ed instruction and services in houses of correction. Read the excerpt below, which includes a quote from Phil Kassel of Mental Health Legal Services.


A group of jailed men have sued the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education over special education access for incarcerated students.

The three men between 18 and 22 on Tuesday filed the class-action lawsuit against DESE for reportedly not providing special ed instruction and services in houses of correction — which they’re entitled to under state law.

“DESE’s failure to uphold its legal obligation to provide adequate education to incarcerated youth is unacceptable,” Phil Kassel of the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee said in a statement.

“Every student, regardless of their circumstances, deserves access to a quality education that meets their individual needs,” Kassel added. ““We are committed to fighting for the rights of these vulnerable individuals and holding DESE accountable for its failures.”

The three men are being represented by the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and the EdLaw Project of the Committee for Public Counsel Services.

Read more at the Boston Herald.