Class-ac­tion law­suit seeks sweep­ing help for Flint stu­dents

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - WEATHER -

Sev­eral fam­i­lies filed a class-ac­tion law­suit Tues­day against the state of Michi­gan and the Flint school district, say­ing more needs to be done to help stu­dents whose aca­demic per­for­mance and be­hav­ior have wors­ened be­cause of the city’s lead-tainted water.

The school sys­tem was al­ready strug­gling be­fore Flint’s water sup­ply was con­tam­i­nated by lead over an 18-month pe­riod. The city switched to a new water source, the Flint River, in 2014, but the cor­ro­sive water wasn’t prop­erly treated, caus­ing lead from old pipes and fix­tures to flow through taps.

The 15 fam­i­lies say the state Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment, the Flint district and a coun­ty­wide district al­ready are not com­ply­ing with laws in­tended to help dis­abled stu­dents, and that the lead cri­sis is only com­pound­ing the prob­lem.

“The ex­ten­sive lead poi­son­ing in Flint has com­bined with the lack of es­sen­tial spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion re­sources in the Flint schools to cre­ate a tragic cri­sis,” at­tor­ney Gre­gory Lit­tle said.

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