Students With Disabilities Can Now Receive Free Public Education in Rhode Island Until Age 22

Governing | November 01, 2018

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the Rhode Island Board of Education must provide free public education to students with disabilities until they reach age 22. The appellate court’s decision vacates the U.S. District Court’s finding and leaves it to the District Court, working with the Department of Education and the plaintiffs, to develop a solution. Sonja L. Deyoe, one of the lawyers for the plaintiffs, said about 1,600 students are affected by this decision. The Rhode Island Department of Education said the 1st Circuit Court’s ruling calls for “Free and Appropriate Public Education” to be provided to people with disabilities until age 22. This conflicts with current state law, which states that such services are provided to age 21.

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The 2015 Government pursued both supply-side and demand-side measures. There was a desire to increase home ownership, particularly amongst first-time buyers, which was supported through savings products such as the Help to Buy ISA and Lifetime ISA, and also through equity loan schemes. A key commitment was to secure 10% of affordable home ownership of different kinds on housing sites of 10 units or more.

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The 2015 Government pursued both supply-side and demand-side measures. There was a desire to increase home ownership, particularly amongst first-time buyers, which was supported through savings products such as the Help to Buy ISA and Lifetime ISA, and also through equity loan schemes. A key commitment was to secure 10% of affordable home ownership of different kinds on housing sites of 10 units or more.

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