South Carolina

DOE, South Carolina settle special education funding dispute

Monday, September 12, 2016The U.S. Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education announced an agreement August 25, resolving a five-year-long dispute concerning the state’s special education funding compliance. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, states may not reduce their…

DOJ settles with SC police department in accessibility suit

Thursday, May 12, 2016The police department of South Carolina’s largest city announced a comprehensive settlement with the Department of Justice on May 3, to ensure effective communication with people who are deaf and hard of hearing in law enforcement matters. “Our first responders…

States to integrate HIV-positive prisoners

Tuesday, October 8, 2013Alabama and South Carolina will stop segregating HIV-positive prisoners, joining 48 other states that have ended the once-common practice, under two recently announced legal settlements. In Alabama, the settlement ends a class-action lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union

Court: prison can’t segregate HIV inmates

Saturday, January 5, 2013In a sweeping 153-page decision, a federal district court ruled December 21 that the Alabama Department Corrections’ policy of housing HIV-positive inmates in a separate facility violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Ending a policy that treated human being…

South Carolina prison conditions on trial

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities began hearings February 6 at the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where it is arguing that South Carolina’s prison conditions for people with mental illnesses violate the Constitution’s prohibition…

DOE to delay South Carolina special education funding punishment

Monday, August 22, 2011In the latest twist in an ongoing dispute with the Obama Administration and South Carolina over special education funding, the U.S. Department of Education will postpone for a year planned cuts of $36 million to special education services in South…

Judge halts South Carolina home care cuts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011A South Carolina judge granted a preliminary injunction March 7 against recent Medicaid benefit cuts that could lead to cases of unnecessary institutionalization. In January 2010, South Carolina adopted a measure capping at 28 the maximum number of hours per…