Texas – Texas could see an increase in lawsuits when blind children are refused admission to The School for the Blind and Visually Impaired as a result of cuts in the proposed state budget.
The school is required by state and federal law to enroll students who cannot be adequately served by their local school districts. But under reduced funds in the state Senate's draft budget, the school would be forced to turn students away, superintendent Bill Daugherty told senators on Monday.
Daugherty said that in the past, parents of blind children have not hesitated to sue if their children are not provided adequate services. Restoring funding that the Senate bill takes away would decrease the likelihood of litigation, he said.
Texas is facing a $27 billion budget shortfall to maintain services.
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