The Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support (GNETS) lawsuit has received national and state media attention. A year ago, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published in-depth articles that detailed the scandal, pointing out racial inequities, controversial behavioral experiments, and the continued use of physical restraints on students. The case has been ongoing for nearly two years, and it is likely to continue. Here are some facts that should be known about this case.
The lawsuit alleges that GNETS students are receiving inadequate education and are not receiving the extracurricular activities they need to be successful in life.
It also points out that few GNETS students receive regular school diplomas, and that their attendance is restricted to special education classes, and that the segregation of students into separate wings of zoned schools makes their behavior worse. The program is also unsuitable for students with special needs.
The state is named in the GNETS lawsuit. The Department of Education and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities have not responded to the suit, but have confirmed that they are investigating the allegations and reviewing the record. The suit says that GNETS violates the ADA and provides unequal education opportunities for students with disabilities. While the state has filed a defense, it is pending a ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.
The GNETS lawsuit has been filed after the death of a 13-year-old student at a Gainesville school in 2004.
The boy was placed in seclusion 19 times in 29 days, spending 94 minutes in the windowless cell. On his final trip, Nov. 15, 2004, King made suicide threats, and his teachers allowed him to keep the rope he was wearing as a belt. He ended up using it to hang himself, and he did not survive.
The suit claims that GNETS violates the ADA by failing to provide students with the education they need to stay in society. The lawsuit also alleges that the state’s GNETS has a culture of discrimination against students with disabilities. Its victims are entitled to justice. This case is a serious one, and it can be a life-altering event. The Georgia Department of Education has declined to comment on the case.
The suit is against the state of Georgia and Gov. Nathan Deal.
It also targets GNETS’s reliance on special education in Georgia. Its ad-hoc committee has found that the program violates Title II of the ADA by providing unequal educational opportunities to students with disabilities. Ultimately, the lawsuit aims to prevent such conditions in the future. It cites numerous cases of such discrimination and lack of accessibility.
The GNETS lawsuit is a broader legal dispute. It alleges that the Georgia Department of Education failed to provide adequate services to its students. As a result, the state government has failed to provide the proper education to children with disabilities. It also allegedly fails to provide students with the necessary resources to pursue higher education. The plaintiffs cited this in their complaint. The U.S. Department of Justice has not responded to the complaint.
The lawsuit was originally filed in federal court by a 13-year-old boy from Hall County, Georgia.
The GNETS program, which is operated by the state’s Department of Education, serves students with disabilities in Gainesville. During the fall of 2004, he was put in seclusion 19 times over 29 days, spending 94 minutes in the windowless cell. He had twice threatened suicide. On his final trip to seclusion on Nov. 15, he threatened to commit suicide. His teachers let him keep the rope he was wearing as a belt.
The lawsuit names several defendants, including the State of Georgia and Gov. Nathan Deal.
The Department of Education and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities have declined to comment on the suit. The state of Georgia’s failure to provide adequate education for students with disabilities has been the cause of many other cases of discrimination. There have been numerous similar cases, including a high-profile suit filed in Texas against the state of Illinois.
The GNETS lawsuit was filed by the Georgia Advocacy Office and Arc of the United States. The lawsuit claims that the program has failed to provide the necessary educational services and supports to its students. Its goal is to ensure that students with disabilities have equal access to basic services and opportunities in school. Sadly, a recent study found that more than half of the students with disabilities do not attend school. Despite the positive findings, the state of Illinois is preparing to fight the GNETS lawsuit.