Federal probe finds most New York City public elementary schools violate disabilities act

A federal investigation has found that 83 percent of New York City public elementary schools are in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act.

That's according to the office of U.S attorney Preet Bharara (buh-RAH'-ruh), which sent a letter to a city Department of Education lawyer Monday, saying the two-year investigation also showed that six school districts did not have a school that was fully accessible.

The letter gives the city 30 days to respond, including an "outline and timeline of corrective actions."

Department spokesman Harry Hartfield told The New York Times (http://nyti.ms/1mwyQ3j) the department is reviewing the letter and remains "committed to increasing the accessibility" of school buildings.

Hartfield said the department is cooperating with the investigation, adding that it has set aside $100 million for accessibility projects.


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com