The Ohio Department of Education and an advocacy group have proposed an agreement to settle a 25-year-old lawsuit about the education of students with disabilities.
More than 250 thousand such students are expected to benefit from the agreement aimed at improving educational support and raising academic achievement. The proposal still must be approved by a federal court. Under the settlement, the state would create a plan to boost test scores and other performance measures and provide more support. School districts with high rates of segregating children with disabilities would be required to better include them in 11 of Ohio's large, urban districts. The case from Disability Rights Ohio had been long set aside while another school-funding case was resolved.