SAN ANTONIO — Lawyers from Round Rock and San Antonio are alleging Texas’ fourth largest school district is not providing adequate education for hearing impaired students.
- Suit claims NISD isn't providing services for students.
- Suit claims disability discrimination against
- Parents not seeking monetary damages.
On Monday, five families in the Northside Independent School District filed a class action lawsuit against the district. In the petition they are alleging several counts of disability discrimination against deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Matthew Finch of The Law Offices of Matthew L. Finch is one of the attorneys representing the students and their parents. Finch says through his investigation into the complaint he found most instructors to be uncertified in teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students, which leads him to believe that more than 100 students are being impacted across several NISD campuses. He did not confirm the grades, ages of the students, or campuses involved.
Finch said the lawsuit isn't seeking monetary damages. Instead, he said his clients are simply seeking an equal opportunity for education and asking the district to have instructors who are certified to work and provide the services for hearing impaired students as required by federal law. To ensure changes are made, the lawsuit requests the court oversee the expected revisions made on school campuses.
"We hope to systemically change the way Northside addresses hearing impaired students and their receiving of an education and all of the appropriate support they are obligated to under the law," Finch said.
NISD spokesperson Barry Perez told Spectrum News the district has not received the suit and cannot comment until they have time to review the petition.