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NCLB Act - Parents File Class Action Suit Against NYC

Source: New York Post article by Stefan C. Friedman and Carl Campanile (full text of article)

Two New York City parents filed a class-action lawsuit against Chancellor Joel Klein, claiming they were denied the right to transfer their children out of failing schools or obtain tutoring services under the No Child Left Behind Act.

A third parent in Albany also is part of the suit, claiming that city's school system has denied his child services.

The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges the city:

  • Rejected transfer requests by parents with children in failing schools.
  • Has a faulty process to accommodate transfers.
  • Failed to provide timely information to numerous parents on the right to transfer their children to better schools.
  • Failed to notify parents of the right for tutoring services.

Department of Education statistics show that just 3,670 parents of students in low-performing schools applied for transfers, and 1,507 were granted. About 20,000 students are receiving tutoring services.

The parents' attorney reports that nearly 300,000 students in 331 schools eligible for transfers or tutoring are not getting these services.

The city could lose up to $600 million in federal funds for not complying with the law. Mayor Bloomberg and Klein insisted they're abiding by the law.

Bloomberg and Klein announced their new team of 10 regional instructional superintendents to run the city's 1,200 schools, replacing the current 40.

Read original article in New York Post- http://www.nypost.com/news/regionalnews/67616.htm

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