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$400,000 settlement offered over licensed teachers

September 12, 2013
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis School Board has approved a $400,000 settlement in a lawsuit on behalf of more than 600 young mothers who were taught by unlicensed teachers.

Broadway High School serves girls who dropped out of school and then returned as young mothers. A district investigation in 2011 found that 13 people taught students at Broadway without having proper teaching licenses or waivers that would have let them teach temporarily.

"None of us is proud of what happened at Broadway," Superintendent Bernadeia Johnson said. She said the settlement will help the 657 affected students who attended Broadway from the 2008-2009 through 2010-2011 school years achieve their educational goals. And she said she's proud of strides made to improve the school.

The School Board approved the proposed settlement Tuesday night, the Star Tribune reported ( ). It still requires court approval.

The disclosure that unlicensed teachers were in classrooms caused 45 students to have 91 credits shifted from core classes to electives, delaying their progress toward graduation. Those students will be eligible to get reimbursement for future schooling of $254 for each affected Broadway credit. The district also gave them extra opportunities in 2011 to make up affected credits. The remaining students who were affected will get $244 in educational benefits for each credit earned.

Money from the proposed settlement may be used for three years for GED classes, online courses, vocational training or other high school or college classes. It can also be used for child care and travel costs for going to school, books and other supplies, educational technology or educational or career counseling. Students may also redeem the value of their educational benefits for one-third of their value in cash.

Joshua Williams, an attorney representing the students in the class-action lawsuit, said they "are satisfied with the settlement and believe it represents an equitable resolution to an unfortunate situation."


Information from: Star Tribune,



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