(Seattle, WA) – The law offices of Susman Godfrey L.L.P. and Cedar Law PLLC have filed a civil rights class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington on behalf of all Washington students eligible for special education services who “aged out” of special education under Washington law.
The lawsuit seeks a determination that a Washington statute and regulation, providing that special education services to students are terminated at the end of the school year after they turn 21, are invalid under federal law. Under federal law, a state must provide special education services until the 22nd birthday when it provides “public education” to adults of the same ages.
Over the past decade, multiple federal courts of appeal – including our own Ninth Circuit – have upheld this principle.
Washington provides adult basic education and high school completion programs to adults of all ages, triggering its duty under federal law to deliver special education to students until they turn 22.
The plaintiffs impacted by Washington’s faulty policy include our most vulnerable students who are not on a traditional diploma track and who will benefit from longer transition services focusing on their successful movement from school to independent living.
Inquiries regarding these claims can be directed to the Plaintiff’s counsel: Lara Hruska and Alex Hagel at Cedar Law PLLC: (206) 607-8277 or email@example.com and Ian Crosby at Susman Godfrey L.L.P.: (206) 516-3880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.