School districts in Northeast Pennsylvania are involved in more special education litigation than any other area of the state, a Sunday Times analysis has found. The due process claims arise when a district fails to provide a student with special needs or learning disability the education required by law – and it is costing taxpayers [...]

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TTAPR on December 17th, 2012

A federal judge in Pennsylvania has given final approval to a settlement that will pay out nearly $18 million to juveniles who allege they were wrongly jailed by corrupt judges. The approval granted Friday in Scranton allows attorneys to begin distributing money to about 1,600 teens and their parents. The funds come from developer Robert [...]

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The state of Washington will pay six people a total of $11 million to settle claims they suffered horrible abuse as children at the hands of their state-appointed guardians. Alexander Gonzalez, Michelle Harris, Elizabeth Tapia and Aurora Tapia filed suit against the state last year. Rebecca Miranda and Anthony Winton joined the suit later. They [...]

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In an incident involving a boy that has been under care for emotional and academic issues, a Connecticut Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) caseworker, was unable to persuade the boy to leave a couch in his residence where he was clad only in boxer shorts to accompany her after being presented with an [...]

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A lawsuit on behalf of five Lincoln County elementary students accuses local school officials of failing to report and prevent “sexual harassment and assault” by a 6-year-old boy who they said touched their genitals, hit them in the crotch and exposed himself. The federal suit, filed on Nov. 15, names as defendants: the Lincoln County [...]

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TTAPR on December 4th, 2012

Vines High School will have a police presence on Monday after a series of fights last week that led to student arrests. School officials said one incident happened Wednesday followed by another one on Friday. That fight led to the arrest of an unknown number of students. A verbal war on Twitter led to a [...]

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