A federal investigation finds most city elementary schools are violating the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says 83% of the city’s public elementary schools are not fully accessible to children with disabilities.
Six school districts do not have even one school that is fully accessible. Those six districts serve more than 50 thousand students.
In a statement Bharara said, “Children with disabilities and their families are being denied the right to equal access to a public school education.
“We have asked the City for a response, including an outline and timeline of corrective actions that will remedy this unacceptable state of affairs.”
The ADA became law 1990 with the goal of ending discrimination against people with disabilities.
The U.S. Attorney’s has asked the city for a plan to make the schools compliant