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NYC Department of Education ordered to reform special education dispute process

07.19.2023 | NY Daily News | “We’ve had families that have had to take out mortgages on their home,” said Rebecca Shore, the head of litigation at Advocates for Children, “take second lines of credits, because they are paying for the services for the education that the DOE was required to provide.” 

Advocates for Children is an education legal aid group that, alongside the law firm Milbank LLP, filed the original class action two decades ago. 

“The ideal would be that the Department of Education provides the services that the student needs,” said Shore. “When that doesn’t happen, which unfortunately does not happen in New York City all the time, there has to be a way of recourse for those families.” Read article