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Appeals Court Upholds Ruling in Favor of Williford District

April 8, 2006 - Posted at 12:43 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Parents of an autistic child who claimed that

the Williford School District and the state Education Department

didn't provide their son with an appropriate education have lost

their appeal of a federal judge's ruling against their case.

The Eighth U.S. Circuit of Appeals upheld a 2004 ruling by U.S.

District Judge James Moody in favor of the local school district

and the state agency.

Thomas and Dianna Bradley had sued on behalf of their son David

and other students in similar circumstances, claiming that the

school district did not provide the legally required educational

program to their son. The suit claimed that the Williford district

didn't ensure that David's teachers had the knowledge and skill

necessary to provide their son with an appropriate education.

In his ruling, Moody found that the defendants had not

discriminated against David because of his disability. The judge

said the district didn't violate federal law. The appeals court

agreed.

The Williford schools have since merged with another district to

form the Twin Rivers School District.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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