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Special-ed advocates sue schools over placement

Even as it prepares to open five new classrooms for special education students this week, the Boston public school system is facing a class-action lawsuit in federal court asserting that the district routinely violates state and federal law by delaying evaluations and classroom placements for preschoolers with special needs.

The lawsuit, brought by the nonprofit Massachusetts Advocates for Children on behalf of two families, says the delays have left some children without any services for months at a time, causing regression in the developmental progress they had been making.

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