The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, the Education Law Center and a New York City law firm filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the city of Flint, MI. The suit accuses Michigan officials of failing to provide critical services to the children of Flint, Michigan, who have been exposed to the city’s lead-contaminated water.
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of 15 children harmed by the tainted-water. They are seeking class-action status to include all of Flint’s affected children in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit alleges that school officials failed to provide sufficient learning interventions to help the students, the schools are not screening for disabilities, and have neglected to provide city schools with the funding and resources necessary to adequately address the problems.
The suit names the Michigan Department of Education, Genesee Intermediate School District and Flint Community Schools as defendants.
Bilal Tawwab, superintendent of Flint Community Schools, gave this statement regarding the allegations and pending suit, via The Washington Post:
“The health and well-being of Flint Community Schools students remains a top priority. A number of additional wrap-around services, support programs and initiatives have been implemented to support students and their families.”
The plaintiffs are seeking regular lead testing for children, quality universal preschool, enhanced screening to determine specific needs, and additional teacher training for managing students affected by the contaminated water.