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E.B. v. Department of Education

E.B. v. Department of Education

Along with the firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, AFC represents in E.B. v. New York City Department of Education a class of all children with disabilities who have been excluded from school without proper notice and due process. The suit alleges, among other things, that the Department regularly suspends, discharges, transfers, and otherwise excludes students with disabilities from its programs without providing them and their parents adequate notice as is legally required and, in so doing, denies them the free appropriate public education to which they are entitled under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Students with disabilities are entitled to additional procedural protections before they can be moved from their classroom. In addition, students with disabilities must receive an education appropriate for their special education needs while suspended.

In May 2015, the DOE and plaintiffs filed with the court a proposed settlement of this class action. Among other requirements, as part of the settlement, the DOE has agreed to procedures to ensure that schools are not suspending students with disabilities for behavior associated with the student’s disability. In addition, schools now must seek approval before immediately removing students with disabilities in connection with a suspension and ensure that students with disabilities receive appropriate instruction while suspended. The DOE also agreed to procedures to prevent schools from discharging from school students with disabilities for disciplinary reasons.

After a fairness hearing, the Court approved the settlement on July 23, 2015.  If you have questions about the settlement, please call AFC at 973-878-4559 or email ebsettlement@gmail.com.

For more information on the rights and procedures the E.B. Settlement gives to students with disabilities, see our fact sheet [PDF]. For more about suspensions generally, see our suspension guide [PDF] and our positive intervention guide [PDF].

Associated Documents:

Third Amended Complaint in E.B. v. DOE [PDF], July 15, 2003

Decision Denying Defendants' Motion to Dismiss [PDF], January 26, 2004

Decision Granting Plaintiffs' Motion to Certify a Class [PDF], August 17, 2004

Plaintiffs' Response to Defendants' Motion to Amend [PDF], March 2, 2005

Defendants' Motion to Narrow the Scope of the Class [PDF], March 9, 2005

Judge's Decision Regarding Scope of Class [PDF], June 29, 2005

Stipulation of Settlement [PDF], May 19, 2015

Settlement Notice [PDF], May 19, 2015

Short Form of the Settlement Notice [PDF], May 19, 2015

Fact Sheet: Discipline of Students with Disabilities [PDF]