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Gothamist: NYC Receives $38 Million Funding Boost for Lawyers Litigating Special Education Lawsuits

NYLAG’s Danielle Tarantolo spoke to Gothamist about the New York City Department of Education’s efforts to get additional funding for staff to handle cases brought by families of students with disabilities. NYLAG’s class action lawsuit against the City over delays in adjudicating such cases has brought attention to DOE’s inadequate resources.

“As the number of cases has grown, the time it takes for them to be heard has also increased. The law requires the city to adjudicate the complaints within 75 days, but advocates said the average wait-time for families is almost a year.

“The city is facing a class action lawsuit over the delays and a state mandated improvement plan.

Danielle Tarantolo, a lawyer at the New York Legal Assistance Group, which represents families in the class action suit, said she supports ‘hiring additional staff if that is necessary to protect families’ rights.'”

Read the full article by Jessica Gould in Gothamist from January 25, 2023.

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