District to Pay $30K After Disabled Student Missed Graduation

A northern New Jersey school district will pay a disabled student $30,000 to settle charges it deliberately caused her to miss her middle-school graduation.

The settlement with the Secaucus Board of Education was announced by acting Attorney General John Hoffman Thursday.

The student suffers from a chromosomal abnormality that causes significant intellectual disability and delayed development, and is taught in a special education classroom.

Last year, it was determined the girl, then in eighth grade, should be designated as a ninth-grader. As middle-school graduation neared, the girl's mother says she was not informed of the change and wasn't contacted by the school until after the graduation ceremony. She says she believes the girl was deliberately excluded.

The school has admitted no wrongdoing and says the situation arose from a misunderstanding.

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