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T.R. et. al. v. School District of Philadelphia (E.D. Pa., 2015)

A federal class action lawsuit filed August 21, 2015 alleges that thousands of parents and their children are illegally denied the opportunity to participate in the special education process due to the fact that they don’t understand or speak English. The complaint alleges that the School District of Philadelphia refuses to sufficiently interpret or provide parents with translated documents in a timely manner, preventing them from participating in meetings and making informed decisions regarding educational placements and services. The lawsuit was filed by the Public Interest Law Center, the Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP on behalf of a class of children with disabilities and their parents who are Limited English Proficient.

Press Release


Ex. A to Complaint

Ex. B to Complaint

Ex. C to Complaint

Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss

Statement of Interest – US Department of Justice

Memorandum Opinion (11-30-2016)

Press Release (12-02-2016)

Amended Complaint Against All Defendants (4-10-2017)

Motion to Certify Class (8-3-2018)

Opposition to Class Certification (8-31-2018)

Reply Memorandum in Support of Motion to Certify Class (9-21-2018)

School District’s Surreply and Exhibits (10-5-2018)

Motion for Summary Judgment and Supporting Documents (9-27-2019)

Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment (11-4-2019)

Memorandum Opinion Granting Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment (4-30-2020)

Plaintiff’s Reply Brief (Third Circuit, 10-22-2020)