Mount Vernon schools to overhaul special ed department per court agreement

The city school district has agreed to hire a monitor and make sweeping changes to its special education department, according to a settlement that has ended a five-year legal battle started by several families of children with special needs.

News Story (New York)

Colleen Wilson
Journal News (NY)
June 13, 2018

Tags: Disability Rights, Education

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services of the Hudson Valley (LSHV)


The Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, a White Plains-based nonprofit law firm with nine offices across Westchester, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties, began receiving complaints about access to special education services from Mount Vernon families in the years leading up to 2013, when the suit was filed.

“We were approached by children who weren’t getting services and probably, in some of the more extreme cases … some weren’t getting an education at all,” said Robert Hermann, an attorney with the nonprofit. “Mount Vernon had not had a structure in place that was quick enough and forceful enough to get many kids aid promptly.”