Federal judge: Religious school exempt from disability laws

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Posted: Apr 06, 2016 3:24 PM

HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that a Quaker school in New Jersey doesn't have to provide services to students with learning disabilities.

The judge says Haddonfield Friends School is exempt from federal and state disability laws because it is a religious institution.

The recent ruling stems from a discrimination lawsuit brought by Angela Rota, a Cherry Hill mother whose son was expelled from the 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.

A school spokesman didn't return a message Wednesday seeking comment.