Cobb County

Cobb County Schools have been discriminating against students with disabilities, investigation shows

COBB COUNTY, Ga. — A state investigation said Cobb County Schools has been discriminating against students with disabilities.

If they don’t change, they could lose funding.

Just two months ago, the family of a five-year-old with Down syndrome said the district wouldn’t allow their son to get an at-home education, while he was undergoing treatment.

Now, the state said the family was right.

Channel 2 Action News received a 21-page report from the state, which ruled that the district forced that family to decide between treatment or education.

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It said Cobb County Schools argued that the treatment was not necessary, despite the student’s doctor saying it was.

And even if the treatment was, they said the student would not have been eligible for at-home services, because his family could travel between his home and the hospital where he got treatment.

Then, after missing school because of this treatment, the district took him off the enrollment list.

The state said the way Cobb Schools handled this, was a “blatant violation” of both state law and the “Americans with Disabilities Act”.


So what comes now?

The district has nine days to come up with a plan to get his education back on track, by September.

If they don’t, they’ll lose out on state and federal funds.

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