Wednesday, September 16, 2009

D.C. to Ask Judge to Dismiss Special Education Court Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Citing improved performance and a recent Supreme Court ruling, the District soon will ask a federal judge to dismiss a 2006 court order that requires it to provide timely assistance to a backlog of families seeking special education services from public and public charter schools.
The District's intention is included in a memorandum filed Monday in U.S. District Court by D.C. Attorney General Peter Nickles. It says the city will ask U.S. District Judge Paul L. Friedman to dismiss the consent decree imposed as part of the settlement of a class-action lawsuit, Blackman v. District of Columbia.
The District serves about 11,000 students with special needs. Parents denied special education programs for their children by school officials can seek a hearing at which they can appeal the decision.

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