July 26, 2018, Raleigh (NC) News&Observer: Wake schools accused of violating rights of students with mental health disabilities https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/education/article215526220.html The Wake County school system “still routinely violates the rights of its students who have mental health disabilities,” according to a new complaint filed with state education officials. Advocates For Children’s Services, a project of Legal Aid of North Carolina, says Wake schools are failing to provide an adequate education for hundreds of students who have mental health disabilities. In the complaint filed Tuesday, the group wants the state Department of Public Instruction to order Wake to change the way it provides services for these vulnerable students…. Wake is accused of violating the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which requires the school system to educate all students with disabilities in an appropriate manner and in the least restrictive environment. Examples of alleged violations include: ▪ Suspending students without holding required reviews to determine if the student’s behavior is related to a disability. If the behavior is determined to be related to the disability then the student can’t be suspended. ▪ Failing to provide educational services to suspended students with disabilities beginning on the 11th cumulative day of suspension. ▪ Failing to provide transportation to students who’ve been removed from their regular school and assigned to an alternative school program.