City, DOE reach agreement on 20-year lawsuit to improve services for students with disabilities
Mayor Eric Adams and the Department of Education announced an agreement to a 20-year-old class-action lawsuit for students.
The lawsuit included improving services for students with disabilities and their families.
The original case was filed in 2003 by parents with concerns the DOE was not implementing impartial hearing orders, issued in their favor, in a timely manner.
A negotiated agreement contains 40 requirements proposed by a court-appointed special master that the DOE must meet to improve services. This includes research and design of a web-based interface for impartial hearing officers.