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The Settlement Agreement

P.J., et al v. State of Connecticut, Board of Education, et al. was filed in 1991 on behalf of five school-age children with mental retardation and their families. The case was certified as a class action lawsuit on December 13, 1993. The court defined the class as “all mentally retarded school-aged children in Connecticut who have been identified as needing special education and who. . . are not educated in regular classrooms” The Settlement Agreement specifically includes children with the label “Intellectual Disability.” On May 22, 2002, a Settlement Agreement was approved and 5 goals and outcomes were determined.

The Five Goals of the PJ Settlement Agreement
  1. An increase in the percent of students with mental retardation/intellectual disability who are placed in regular classes.
  2. A reduction in the disparate identification of students with MR/ID by racial, ethnic or gender group.
  3. An increase in the percent of the school day that students with MR/ID spend with non-disabled students.
  4. An increase in the percent of students who attend their “home school.”
  5. An increase in the percent of students with MR/ID who participate in school-sponsored extracurricular activities with non-disabled peers.

Looking for more information?  Try reading Common Questions Asked About the PJ Settlement Agreement or call CPAC and speak to a Parent Consultant.

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