Gary Rubinstein broke the story on
his blog today that Success Academy had agreed to pay $1.1M and reasonable attorneys’
fees to five families, whose children had their rights repeatedly violated and
were pushed out of the Success Academy Fort Greene charter school, the home of
the infamous “Got
to go” list. Success agreed to
settle the case, Lawton vs. Success, after nearly five years of delays before
the case even came to trial, rather than deliver the evidence to the plaintiffs
that the court ordered. Here are more
details and court filings.
Here is the August
2018 decision by the US District Court Judge, Fredrick Block, who refused
Success’ request to dismiss the case, and instead described the horrific
treatment that these five children with disabilities were subjected to starting
at the age of four and five, including repeatedly being removed from class early, dismissed, suspended and denied their mandated services.
Here is the February 2020 acceptance
by the families of Success’ Offer of Judgement of $1.1 million plus
reasonable attorney fees; which the charter chain chose to provide before going
to trial, rather than release the full documentation ordered by the Court,
which would further detail the abusive treatment of these children.
To this day, Success has refused to pay what the attorneys consider to be reasonable fees, so here is the most recent court filing by the families’ attorneys from Advocates for Justice, NY Lawyers for Public Interest, and Stroock Stroock and Lavan, detailing all the hours and work they put into the case over nearly five years, along with payments to experts who validated the fact that these children’s civil rights were repeatedly violated.
These three documents are embedded below.