- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has set new filing deadlines and a late June hearing date in the latest attempt at settling a lawsuit centered on New Orleans public school students with disabilities.

The 2010 lawsuit was filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of 10 students who said the state isn’t meeting obligations under federal law for New Orleans public school students suffering a variety of disabilities.

Those include autism, hyperactivity and bipolar disorder. The state denies any violations. And officials with the state agency that oversees most New Orleans schools point to improving performance in the schools among students with disabilities.

After a closed-door conference with both sides Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk set the next settlement conference for June 27.

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