Working with Advocates for Children, we represent children in class actions to ensure that they receive free and appropriate education. We also assist children with special needs in administrative hearings to obtain appropriate special education placements. In addition, we have done corporate work for several charter schools and the Fund for Public Schools.
We have partnered with lawyers from Morgan Stanley on several cases to assist children seeking special education services.
A Merited Settlement
In July 2015, an E.D.N.Y. judge approved a settlement resolving one of our long-standing class actions filed on behalf of thousands of children with disabilities who had been excluded from school without proper notice and due process and thereby denied a free appropriate public education under state and federal law.
The 53-page settlement requires the Department of Education (DOE) to adhere to specific procedural requirements, including minimum staffing obligations for sites that serve students on long-term suspensions, enhanced procedures to preclude imposition of suspensions based on behaviors that stem from students’ disabilities and procedures to help ensure that transfers and discharges are not imposed for disciplinary reasons.
The settlement agreement imposes reporting requirements to monitor the DOE’s compliance.