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Series of Legal Actions Taken on Behalf of Students with Disabilities Affected by Bus Strike

Posted: Oct 10, 2018 |Category: Active Case Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Students' Rights Youth Rights

The ACLU of Rhode Island, along with two other civil rights organizations, has taken three separate legal steps with the R.I. Department of Education (RIDE) on behalf of students with disabilities who are caught up in the ongoing Providence school bus strike. The complaints allege that the failure of the school district to honor its responsibility under the students’ Individual Education Plans (IEPs) to provide transportation to and from school violates federal and state laws protecting the students’ rights.

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ACLU of RI Calls on State Agency to Stop Blocking Twitter Users

Posted: Oct 08, 2018 |Category: Free Speech

The ACLU is awaiting confirmation that RIDOT will unblock users who have been blocked from the agency's official Twitter account.

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ACLU Calls Providence School District Bus Strike Response “Inadequate” and Inequitable

Posted: Oct 03, 2018 |Category: Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Students' Rights

The ACLU and two other civil rights organizations call the Providence School District's latest response to the school bus strike and its impact on special education students "inadequate" and inequitable.

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ACLU Releases Critical Analysis of AG’s Handling of Request for Records on Google Settlement Money

Posted: Oct 03, 2018 |Category: Open Government

The ACLU of Rhode Island today issued a critical analysis of the Attorney General’s (AG) response to State Representative Patricia Morgan’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA) request for documents pertaining to the AG’s expenditure of more than $50M in funds from the settlement of a recent Google lawsuit with the State.

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Groups Advise Providence it Must Provide Transportation to Special Ed Students During Bus Strike

Posted: Oct 02, 2018 |Category: Civil Rights Discrimination Rights of the Disabled Rights of the Poor Students' Rights Youth Rights

Groups that support the rights of students with disabilities have sent a letter to Providence school superintendent Christopher Maher, emphasizing the school district’s legal obligation to provide transportation to special education students during the city-wide school bus strike.

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Lawsuit Challenges RI Court Rule Barring Non-Profit Legal Orgs from Assisting Non-Indigent Clients

Posted: Sep 26, 2018 |Category: Active Case Due Process Free Speech Right to Petition & Protest

With legal assistance from the ACLU of Rhode Island, SouthCoast Fair Housing (SCFH) filed a federal lawsuit against the RI Supreme Court over a court rule that is preventing the organization from providing legal help to victims of housing discrimination in RI.

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ACLU to North Smithfield on Proposed Nike Ban: Just Don’t Do It; Town Backs Down

Posted: Sep 17, 2018 |Category: Discrimination Racial/Ethnic Discrimination Free Speech Open Government

UPDATE (9/24/18): N. Smithfield Town Council rescinded anti-Nike resolution.

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