All students are entitled to equal access to education in public schools, and schools must provide appropriate educational supports to students with disabilities. Empire Justice Center provides direct individual representation to students and represents classes in litigating systems change lawsuits.
Policy Matters – March 2022
March 31, 2022
Welcome to the March edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. In this edition we’ll cover the rapidly approaching end of budget season, an important settlement for students with disabilities in Rochester, crime victims advocacy trainings, and a last chance at free tax preparation help for folks in Rochester.
PRESS RELEASE: New Unemployment Benefits Lawsuit Against NYS Dept of Justice Filed on Behalf of School Bus Drivers
April 26, 2021
On Friday April 23, 2021, six bus drivers and bus attendants who lost their summer jobs at Greece Central School District because of the COVID-19 pandemic filed an action, Inzinga et al. v. New York State Department of Labor, in the Western District of New York. All these workers received unemployment benefits during the summer months, but the Department of Labor has now demanded repayment of the money they received.
JOINT PRESS RELEASE: N.N. et al. v. Rochester City School District
January 21, 2021
Empire Justice Center, on behalf of their clients in the lawsuit N.N. -vs- RCSD, and the Rochester City School District executed a stipulation of settlement on October 22, 2020. The main goals of the settlement are to provide the timely and compliant services for students with disabilities, increase the involvement of parents of students with disabilities in the development of individualized education programs and improve the achievement and graduation rates of students with disabilities.