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ALERT! Largest Special Ed Settlement Ever! Child Abuse by School Staff | Circa Jan 7, 2014

Tue, Jan 7, 2014, 9:02 AM | News Alert Newsletter

The Antioch School Board approved a settlement of Eight Million dollars.Parents of the eight victims alleged that the special education teacherslapped, pinched, and verbally abused her students. The Antioch, CA schooladministrators failed to report abuse suspicions to the authorities.Some of the students were nonverbal children with autism in a Kindergarten class.The parents sued the district and five current and former employees.This appears to be the largest special ed settlement ever, having surpassed Steven Wyner’s Manhattan Beach $6.7 Million case.In this issue of the Special Ed Advocate learn more about the case, the parents concerns, and the failure of school administrators and staff that resulted in an $8 million settlement.
CA School District Settles Abuse CaseLearn more about the abuse allegations against the teacher and the school’s failure to report the concerns as mandated by law in the Wrightslaw articleEight Million Dollar Settlement: Child Abuse by School Staff.Violation of IDEA 2004 not alleged in this case.
Complaint: Evans v Antioch Unified School Dist.Wrightslaw downloaded the Complaint filed in the U. S. District Court.It is located in our pleadings page.More about Abuse, Restraints and Seclusion in School.
Previous Record Settlement – $6.7 MillionIn a previous settlement case in 2005, the District and CA DOE agreed to pay a record $6.7 million to a special education student and his parents for ongoing failure to provide FAPE.Porter v. Manhattan Beach Unified School District

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