Parents can’t sue for educational malpractice if the local public school is no good. But a Florida couple will be allowed to sue Disney Co. because it sold its Celebration development by touting a “cutting-edge” public school.
The parents of a learning-disabled boy bought a home in the Walt Disney Co.’s master-planned Florida community, Celebration, in hopes their son would thrive at what they were told was a cutting-edge public school.
Instead, Paul and Connie Simon’s son, Nick, regressed, harmed by what his parents claim was a chaotic school environment nothing like the place promised by the Celebration Co. and the Osceola County School District in Central Florida. They say their daughter, Ana, also suffered, and they enrolled both in private school.
Disney gave the school district $5 million plus land for a school, and charged more for homes near the school.
Instead of traditional classrooms, students at the Celebration School receive instruction in large, technologically advanced meeting areas called neighborhoods.
For many students, that turns out to be chaotic and ineffective.