Thousands May Join Class Action Suit Over Special Education Delays
[Source: Disability Scoop]
In 2019, parents of 10 children with disabilities filed suit against the New Jersey Department of Education for taking too long to resolve disputes about how their children should be educated. Now, a federal district judge has ruled that their case could become a class action suit, potentially including an estimated 15,000 families who say students have been harmed over the years by administrative delays.
In his ruling this month, U.S. District Judge Noel L. Hillman allowed two groups of parents to proceed in class action suits — those asking for the state Department of Education to fix its broken dispute resolution system for current and future students, and one seeking justice for students in past years who were kept waiting too long.
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