In order to summarize GNETS developments from 2016, we've gathered news articles covering the progress of the lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice. We've also posted links to the letter of intent, press release and the complaint issued by the Department of Justice.
AJC; August 17, 2016: Feds will sue Georgia over segregated ‘psychoeducational’ schools
After eight months of unsuccessful negotiation, the Justice Department decides to sue the State of Georgia. Alan Judd reports on the issues under negotiation and the DOJ’s rationale for pursuing legal action.
AJC; November 2, 2016: States’ rights? Georgia seeks to dismiss federal suit over schools for disabled students
Alan Judd reports on the State’s defense against the DOJ’s complaint. As Judd explains, the state’s attorneys claim that the federal government does not have standing to sue under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
AJC; December 15, 2016: Delay in GNETS case not justified, U.S. says
The Department of Justice rebuts Georgia’s claim that the DOJ lacks standing, and they claim that resolving this dispute about standing will be excessively time intensive. Beyond this barrier to a timely resolution of the GNETS dispute, Judd notes that new leadership at the Department of Justice could entail further delay.
U.S. DOJ Letter of Intent to Sue, August 15, 2016: Re: United States’ Investigation of the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, D.J. No. 169-19-71
Press Release from DOJ; August 23, 2016: Justice Department Sues Georgia for Unnecessarily Segregating Students with Disabilities
Text of DOJ Complaint; August 23, 2016: U.S. v. State of Georgia (Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support Program) - Complaint