Coalition Goes To Court In Kentucky

March 1974
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Mar1974, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p184
Academic Journal
The article reports that the Action Committee for Exceptional Children has filed a right-to-education lawsuit against the state of Kentucky in the eastern district of the U.S. district Court. With the filing of this suit, Kentucky joins the list of over 20 states where similar litigation has been filed. The right-to-education lawsuits, as they are known, are part of a nation-wide movement occurring in courts and legislatures to open schoolhouse doors to all handicapped children. The movement and this suit follow the legal principles established originally in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia. The argument presented by the plaintiffs states in essence that free public education, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right that must be made available to all on equal terms. A specific issue is taken with Kentucky statutes that require local school boards to exempt from compulsory school attendance children whose physical or mental condition prevents or renders inadvisable attendance at school or application to study.


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