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BOW:  My student was disenrolled on registration day in August by her parochial school because of her language-based learning disability. We were told that the school was directed to do this by the Catholic Archdiocese in our community. Since that time, parents of students with dyslexia have been in touch to tell me that their students have been put on probation and that outside assessments were not allowed. I have also learned that the Catholic archdiocese is collecting Title 11 funds. Is there a possibility that it is in violation of the Civil Rights Act?

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If you have networked with other parents the area in a similar situation, use that networking to truly empower yourself and your kids and also obtain much needed resources. Carefully research Wrtightslaw as parents of kid with dyslexia have become very creative and you will read our stories and gain strategies. My bottom line when my child was in school was to go with the “right fit” and the school that WANTS my child to attend and has the resources to support my child’s education so my child can make progress. Private schools have their own culture. Children know when they are not learning and are on task with their peers.

Thanks for the reply. As far as I know, there are 2-3 federal offices involved with our original complaint which was sent to the OCR. The OCR closed the complaint . However, it may have been re-opened because our senator’s office escalated an inquiry about violation of 504 law to the US Department of Education. Have not gotten a formal opinion on the inquiry and I do not know what the DOE did. We were told that our Archdiocese violated state policy as well. Don’t know the consequence. We found a school which was a better fit.

The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin. There are 2 laws that prohibit disability discrimination – Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Title II of the ADA applies to private entities, except those run by religious entities – so this wouldn’t apply to your situation. Section 504, on the other hand, applies to any entity that receives federal financial assistance – like monies for USDA free/reduced meals and ESEA Title I & II programs.

Without all the facts, I can’t say if discrimination has occurred. But I do encourage you to contact your local OCR enforcement office for assistance: https://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm.