FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 15, 2016
Contact: Eric Sumberg, (212) 669-3535, firstname.lastname@example.org
Special Education Claims:
The City is required by law to provide every child with a free, appropriate public education. If parents believe their child’s schooling does not meet that standard, they may file a claim against the Department of Education (DOE) to pay for tuition and other special-education related services. If DOE wants to settle the matter without having to litigate the case to conclusion, it must seek the Comptroller’s approval.
Settlement costs related to these special-education related claims filed against the DOE, a subset of non-tort claims described in the Claims Report, grew from $131.3 million in FY 2014 to $250.8 million in FY 2015, a 91% increase.
“Every child in our City is entitled to a free, appropriate public education and the City is legally mandated to provide that. My office works diligently to ensure that every settlement is in the best interests of all parties,” Stringer said.
“Across all five boroughs, claims are the leading indicator of trouble spots that will continue to cause problems in the future. Identifying these trends now allows us to improve City services and save taxpayer dollars in the long-term,” Stringer said.
To read the full report, click here.