Parents of disabled students and a group of advocates say in a federal lawsuit that Georgia schools have put thousands of children into a separate program and failed to give them an adequate education.
The Georgia Advocacy Office and other groups said in a statement that they filed the lawsuit this week in the northern district of Georgia's federal courts.
The complaint alleges that the students have been segregated into a program known as the Georgia Network for Educational and Therapeutic Support, or GNETS.
Parents and advocacy groups say Georgia is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The act requires disabled students to receive the same level of education as other children.
A spokeswoman with the Georgia Department of Education did not immediately return messages early Thursday seeking comment.