January 08, 2020

A lawsuit over alleged systemic failure to provide needed disability services to Flint children exposed to lead during the water crisis could go to trial this year.

The lawsuit was filed in 2016 by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, Education Law Center and the White and Case law firm against the Michigan Department of Education, Genesee Intermediate School District and Flint Community Schools.

It alleges the educational institutions violated federal civil right laws, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The lawsuit includes 15 named plaintiffs that say their children are victims of the water crisis.

The lawsuit was partially settled in April of 2018 when the MDE provided more than $4.1 million to create a registry of Flint children affected by the water crisis.

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