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Justices To Hear Dispute Over Deaf Driver Education In Texas

The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute involving deaf people in Texas who say driver instruction schools in the state won’t let them take classes needed to get a driver’s license.

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The Supreme Court is taking up a dispute involving deaf people in Texas who say driver instruction schools in the state won’t let them take classes needed to get a driver’s license.

The justices said Tuesday they will consider whether a Texas state agency that outsources driver instruction to private contractors can be sued for refusing to make sure the schools accommodate people with disabilities.

A federal appeals court ruled 2-1 that the state agency could not be sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because it merely licensed the driver education schools and did not itself provide driving instruction.

The court will hear the case, Ivy v. Morath, 15-486, when the new term begins in the fall.

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