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Settlement Reached in Baltimore Special Ed. Case

A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval of the settlement of a 26-year old special education lawsuit in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun reports.

The settlement would end court oversight in July and end the lawsuit by September 2012, if certain requirements are met. The state will continue to actively monitor the school system's progress until the lawsuit ends, the story said.

The lawsuit, filed in 1984 on behalf of a city student known as "Vaughn G," accused Baltimore public schools of denying essential services to special education students. Education Week ran a story on the settlement here.

The Sun reported that under the agreement, the city must continue to provide special-needs students with services, give them support in obtaining a regular education, and work to reduce the numbers that are suspended each year.

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