Notice of proposed class action lawsuit settlement involving Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education has ordered school districts to post a proposed class action lawsuit settlement to their websites. The settlement involves the case John Doe, et. al. vs. the State of Ohio, et al.
The Court has preliminarily approved the Settlement Agreement and scheduled a hearing for February 11, 2020. At the hearing, the Court will decide whether the Settlement Agreement is fair, reasonable, and in your best interests and whether the Settlement Agreement should have final approval. You have the right to know about this settlement and the right to comment on the proposed Settlement Agreement and to attend the hearing.
WHO IS AFFECTED BY THIS LAWSUIT?
Students with disabilities in Ohio’s public schools, including those who have or could have an individualized education program (IEP) or a Section 504 plan and their parents are covered by this settlement. Below is more detail about who is covered by this lawsuit.
You are a member of the class and this Notice applies to you if you are between the ages of three (3) and twenty-one (21), currently enrolled or seeking enrollment, now or in the future, in Ohio’s public school system, and you:
• have a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 20 U.S.C.
§§ 1400 et seq. (“IDEA”), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. §§ 790 et
seq., or the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101 et seq., and
• require, as a result of the disability, special education and related services or
accommodations that are designed to meet the individual needs of children with disabilities as adequately as the needs of nondisabled children are met, and
• the parents or guardians of all such children.