Judge: Pittsburgh Public Schools did not violate federal education law after Allderdice student's medical troubles

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Pittsburgh Public Schools was not deliberately indifferent to the needs of an Allderdice High School student whose illness derailed a promising academic career, a federal judge ruled today.

The student, identified only as K.K. in court records, was active and successful until she developed a severe stomach problem that kept her home for months, according to her complaint filed last year.

She alleged that the home teaching provided by the district was not sufficient, and that when she returned to school teachers did not effectively implement a tutoring plan.

The student graduated late, but went on to college, according to the lawsuit.

"The material facts of this case do not demonstrate that the School District acted with deliberate indifference towards K.K.," U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab wrote.

He said the young woman's complaints "may reflect an imperfect approach to a student that struggled to finish her high school career because of health problems," but not a violation of federal education law.

Judge Schwab granted the district's motion for summary judgment, ending the case.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord. First Published October 16, 2013 10:53 AM


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