A former Pittsburgh Allderdice High School student sued the district Sunday, alleging that after she fell ill, the district failed to educate her.
The student, identified by the initials K.K., swam, rowed, ran cross country, and studied advanced chemistry, math, Japanese and Chinese, according to the complaint attorney Jeffery J. Ruder filed in U.S. District Court. In her junior year, she developed a severe stomach problem that kept her home for months, it said.
She wanted to keep up her studies, but the district only gave her 2.5 hours a week of in-home teaching, the complaint said. When she returned to school, she was given a tutoring plan that teachers failed to follow, it said.
The student, according to the complaint, stopped going to class and retreated to the school library for three weeks. She finished her course work, graduated late and was accepted into college, it said, but anxiety caused her to leave school.
By inadequately educating the student during her medical crisis, the district violated the Rehabilitation Act and should pay for tutoring, pay compensation and be ordered not to limit home instruction for students who need it, the complaint said.
Pittsburgh Public Schools solicitor Ira Weiss said that a state hearing officer found against K.K.'s family in a pre-litigation process, and the district "will vigorously defend its position."