Civil Rights Groups Sue Sacramento for Discrimination Against Black Disabled Students

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Several nonprofit civil rights organizations have filed a lawsuit against the Sacramento City Unified School District, claiming Black students with disabilities are facing discrimination.

The Equal Justice Society, Disability Rights California, the National Center for Youth Law, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty filed the suit on September 5 in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California on behalf of three students in the district and the Black Parallel School Board organization. In the lawsuit, it claims students in the district are placed in “a hostile, stigmatizing, and demoralizing school environment.”

“Sacramento City Unified School District… has created and perpetuates an unlawful school system that results in modern-day segregation and mistreatment of students with disabilities, particularly Black students with disabilities,” the lawsuit reads. “Despite being on notice of its discriminatory conduct for years, the District has not taken steps to effectively…

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