Ensuring Access: ELC stands up for unlawful removal of student with autism
Recently, we were notified about "Steven," a 17-year-old student with autism enrolled in a school district in central Pennsylvania. After his mother moved, he remained with his grandparents in the same school district. His grandparents informed the school that they are now his guardians. To their surprise, the principal told them that Steven could no longer remain a student - without providing any written notice or other due process. The principal went so far as to threaten Steven with police action if he returned to school.
Steven's grandparents contacted ELC, and we threatened to file suit if the school continued to deny him due process. Thanks to ELC's intervention, the district eventually dropped the matter entirely and let Steven continue his education.