Judge: Religious School Exempt From Disability Laws


A federal judge has ruled that a Quaker school in New Jersey doesn’t have to provide special ed services to students with learning disabilities because it is a religious institution and exempt from federal and state disability laws.

The recent ruling stems from a discrimination lawsuit brought by Angela Rota, a Cherry Hill mother whose son was expelled from Haddonfield Friends School in January 2014. She claimed the school didn’t make “appropriate, reasonable modifications” for his disabilities and subjected him to public humiliation. The boy had been diagnosed with attention dysfunction and dyslexia.

Rota says she plans to appeal the ruling. She argues the school is not religious, noting that it welcomes students from multiple faiths.