Students sue Ind. schools over service dog rules

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Two high school students with disabilities say the Evansville-Vanderburgh school district set policies that set restrictions on the use of service dogs that violate the Americans With Disabilities Act.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana filed a federal lawsuit Thursday in Indianapolis.

The students and their parents say in court documents that a first policy required them to carry $100,000 liability insurance on the animal and provide detailed information about their disabilities and the animal's temperament. A modified policy mainly requires proof the animal is needed and will be safe around other students.

However, the ACLU says the district didn't announce that the forms must be submitted within 10 days, which forced the students to attend school with their animals.

The district says the students haven't exhausted other administrative remedies.

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