Students, teachers and parents in the state of Texas have expressed outrage over a school district that said it would replace a child’s autism diagnosis with a diagnosis of developmental delays.
The Texas Tribune reports that a lawsuit filed by the parents of one student, who has Down syndrome, and another who has cerebral palsy, was dismissed Monday.
The students had been in the same class as their classmates who had been diagnosed with autism.
The district has said that its decision to drop the diagnosis was a “common sense” approach to managing a growing population of students with developmental disabilities.
The lawsuit claimed that the district has no evidence that the students’ autism diagnosis is linked to their behavioral difficulties.