How Virginia’s Juvenile Court Was Defied After It Was Defamed by The Washington Post
The following is a translation of a Washington Post report.
A local school district in Virginia has been defying a court order to admit students with learning disabilities because the state of Virginia did not comply with a court-mandated program for students with developmental disabilities, according to a report published Tuesday.
The Fairfax County School District in Fairfax County, Va., has been refusing to admit new students because the school district had not adopted a new program for children with disabilities, the Washington Post reported.
The district has been violating a federal court order that required it to adopt a new policy by Jan. 1, 2017, the newspaper said.
The Washington State Department of Education has not made a determination about whether the district is in violation of the order.
The Washington Post said the Fairfax County school district has repeatedly refused to admit a number of students with disabilities.
It said the district has consistently denied admission to students with disability in the past and will continue to do so.
The Post said in its report that a district official, in a letter to the district, said the new policy will not be implemented until the district agrees to provide “reasonable accommodations” for children who are able-bodied.
The Post said that in the letter, which was obtained by The Associated Press, the official said the school system will comply with the court order.
In a statement, the Fairfax school district said it had been “forced to comply” with the order and “will continue to be fair and respectful of the rights of our students.”
The newspaper said the letter did not specifically address the state’s policy requiring the district to offer special education services, but said that a school official “said it would be ‘fair’ to provide accommodations for students who are ‘mentally, physically, socially and academically ready for a transition to a new school environment.'”