A federal judge has ruled that a West Virginia civil case involving school support services for children with disabilities can become a class-action suit.
U.S. District Judge Irene Berger issued the ruling Tuesday in a 2020 lawsuit filed by a couple of parents and a national disabilities rights group called The Arc, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reported. The suit could now encompass more than 1,000 children in Kanawha County public schools who need behavioral support, the newspaper said.
“We can now proceed to hopefully change the way Kanawha County is providing services to all students with disabilities, not just those individual kids,” said attorney Lydia Milnes of the nonprofit law firm Mountain State Justice. “So the families have always, since the beginning, wanted to see change that was bigger than just them.”