- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—The mother of an autistic teenager filed a federal lawsuit against the Scranton School District, accusing it of violating a special education plan by failing to provide education and life skills training after the student turned 18.

The student, who is identified by first and last initials only, was issued a diploma at the end of the 2013-14 school year, according to the lawsuit. The mother later requested a hearing to address allegations the district failed to provide special education services to the student under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

To avoid litigation, the mother and district agreed to a settlement in January that called for the district to re-enroll the student for a half day of school for job coaching and a half day of life skills. The district also agreed to provide educational services until the student turns 21.

The suit, filed by attorney Drew Christian of Scranton, says the mother has repeatedly called the district to set up a schedule for the student to begin receiving services, but district officials have not responded to any of her calls.

The lawsuit seeks damages on seven counts, including breach of the settlement, discrimination and violations of federal legislation that mandates a free and appropriate education to all students.

Attempts to reach John Minora, solicitor for the school district, were unsuccessful.

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