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The ACLU of Michigan is suing the school districts that serve Flint



The ACLU of Michigan filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against the school districts that serve Flint.

The lawsuit alleges there are inadequate services for the 30,000 children who were exposed to lead through the water supply, according to CNN

In addition, it claims that the school districts are violating the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act by not screening lead-exposed children for disabilities and providing them with services that could make a difference in their ability to learn. 

The lawsuit specifically notes 11 families in Flint whose children have disabilities but weren't evaluated for special education. 

According to the Washington Post, there are 30,000 children and teenagers under the age of 19 and 8,000 of them are younger than 5 years old. 

Health officials have not said if there's been a spike in health issues since the water crisis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say lead exposure can cause behavioral problems and learning disabilities in children. 

"There is an astronomically high number of expulsions and suspensions," Kary Moss, the executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, told CNN. 

Moss added that parents have asked for their children to be assessed, but it hasn't been done in months. 

She noted that instead of providing adequate resources for children, Flint schools dole out harsh punishments. 

Flint Community Schools Superintendent Bilal Tawwab responded in an emailed statement to CNN saying: 

"The health and well-being of Flint Community Schools students remains a top priority. A number of additional wrap around services, support programs and initiatives have been implemented to support students and their families. The district is aware of the lawsuit and is reviewing the details as appropriate. As with all legal matters, we are unable to provide specific comment on pending litigation."


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