In 2013, the Philadelphia-based Education Law Center filed a complaint alleging a disproportionate number of students, specifically African-Americans and students with disabilities, were being placed in the state’s alternative education program for disruptive youth.
The complaint, which looked at numbers from every district in the state, said students were not getting the services they needed.
Nearly six years later, federal justice officials said Monday the Pennsylvania Department of Education has agreed to take steps to address claims of discrimination in the state’s alternative education program for disruptive youth.
The three U.S. attorneys for Pennsylvania launched a civil rights investigation after receiving complaints in 2013 that the Alternative Education for Disruptive Youth (AEDY) program discriminated against students on the basis of their disabilities. They also