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Ann Arbor Public Schools parents sue over pandemic special education services

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A group of parents with students at Ann Arbor Public Schools are suing the district and the state's education department. These parents say their children got inadequate special education services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Parents of special education students in the Ann Arbor school district say students’ individualized education plans were altered without consultation, and that students quote "regressed in skills and lost competencies."

The lawsuit filed in federal court accuses school officials of racketeering, alleging they used interstate wires to defraud the plaintiffs and collect federal funds, funds that they say should have been used for special education services. The plaintiffs are seeking class action status for the suit.

Neither Ann Arbor Public Schools nor the Michigan Department of Education were immediately available to comment.