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DCPS settles suits over special ed

(Published June 28, 1999)

Lawyers for families of special education students reached a settlement with D.C. school officials June 23 in two lawsuits, narrowly avoiding a trial that was set to begin June 28. The cases, known as Blackman and Jones, alleged that District officials did not hold due-process hearings and issue decisions within the time required by law and that the District failed to implement in time the directives in settlement agreements.

DCPS officials agreed to conduct due-process hearings or otherwise resolve the backlog of about 700 overdue requests by the end of the summer. A backlog of about 400 hearing decisions and settlement agreements will be cleared up in stages by the end of the first semester of the 1999-2000 school year. DCPS has also agreed to clear up the backlog of more than 1,000 students awaiting assessments and to fully implement all hearing officer determinations and settlement agreements.

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