Consent Decree in Pennsylvania Special-Ed Integration Litigation
The state Department of Education has settled a federal class-action lawsuit that advocates for the disabled say they hope will result in more disabled students being placed in regular classrooms with the support to help them succeed.
The settlement, filed in federal court in Philadelphia this week, still requires approval by Judge Eduardo Robreno.
Twelve disabled children and their parents and six advocacy organizations are plaintiffs in the suit, which was originally filed in 1994 and certified as class action in 1995.
Under the terms of the settlement, the state Department of Education must introduce policies and practices under which schools will try to find ways to place disabled students in a regular class with the aid of a modified curriculum or other such support.