M.G. et al. v. New York City Department of Education et al. Class Notice

On March 6, 2021, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York preliminarily approved a class settlement with the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) regarding the DOE’s administration of Related Service Authorization (“RSA”) vouchers to DOE public school students in the Bronx.  

You or your child might be a member of a proposed settlement class if you or they are:

  • A current student at a DOE school in the Bronx who had one or more related services (like occupational therapy, speech therapy, or counseling) on their IEP between July 27, 2015 and today.
  • A former Bronx DOE student who had one or more related services on their IEP between July 27, 2015 and today, was issued a related service authorization (“RSA)” voucher for one or more of those services, and did not receive those services between July 27, 2015 and March 13, 2020.

Notice of this proposed settlement is linked below. The notice explains how the settlement may affect you or your child and includes important information about your rights. Please read it carefully.

Judge Gardephe will make a final decision about whether to approve this proposed class settlement at a fairness hearing set for June 22, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. The hearing is currently scheduled to be held at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse, 40 Foley Square, Courtroom 705, New York, NY 10007. The hearing may be held remotely.

The full text of the proposed settlement agreement and the notice can be found at the link below.

Please email rsa@dralegal.org if you have questions, need additional information, or would like to be notified if the Court holds the hearing remotely.

Long Notice – English

Short Notice – English

Long Notice – Spanish

Short Notice – Spanish

Settlement Agreement

Preliminary Approval Order