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Sharon and Derrick DeBoom

When IJ began litigation, Shari and Derrick DeBoom wanted their son, Michael, who has attention-deficit, anxiety and motor-skills problems that seriously impair his ability to learn, to conmtinue to attend Lynden Christian School.

  • November 12, 2008    |   Educational Choice

    Washington Special Needs Discrimination

    Freeing Special Needs Children From Religious Discrimination in Washington State: IJ-Washington Tackles Blaine Amendments That Limit School Choice and Educational Opportunity

    For years, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Washington offered special education services to children in both public and private schools—everyone except those whose parents chose religious schools.  Children in religious schools were forced to travel off-site to some “nonsectarian” location to receive services, which was burdensome and disruptive for special needs kids,…

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