DOJ enters into settlement agreement with private education company

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into a settlement agreement with Nobel Learning Communities, Inc. (NLC), a private, for-profit entity that operates a nationwide network of more than 180 preschools, elementary schools and secondary schools.  These entities operate in the District of Columbia and in 15 states (AZ, CA, FL, IL, MD, NV, NJ, NC, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, VA, and WA) under a variety of names, including Chesterbrook Academy, Merryhill School and Evergreen Academy, among others.  In a lawsuit filed in 2009, DOJ alleged that NLC discriminated against children with disabilities violating Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act by denying them admission to its schools. The children had disabilities including autism spectrum disorder, Down Syndrome, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and global developmental delays.  NLC agreed to change its policies so that it no longer screens out children who have disabilities and to pay $215,000 collectively to children involved in the original lawsuit. Read more at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2011/January/11-crt-051.html
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