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CEO appeals Canberra school discrimination case

The Catholic Education Office in the Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn has lodged an appeal with the Federal Court after the court found a Canberra high school had discriminated against a profoundly deaf student.

Jacob Clark, 16, was forced to change schools because MacKillop College failed to provide tuition for him through sign language.

During the hearing, the court heard the school had offered to provide a note-taker to assist Jacob in the classroom.

The Federal Court found the student had suffered discrimination and awarded him $26,000 in damages.

The Catholic Education Office has lodged an appeal on 34 grounds.

The appeal is expected to be heard by the full bench of the Federal Court early next year.

Catholic church appeals school discrimination case (ABC)

Catholic Education Office, Archdiocese of Canberra-Goulburn
MacKillop College

18 Nov 2003