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School district to pay $150K to settle lawsuit

Posted April 19

— A New Hampshire school district has agreed to pay the family of a former student $150,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging discrimination.

The Manchester School District and school officials were sued last year, accused of denying the student his "constitutional and statutory rights" to equal access to public education.

The eighth-grader was expelled in 2014 for allegedly assaulting another student. His family, which immigrated from South Sudan, filed a complaint with the federal Office of Civil Rights saying hearings were conducted in English, without a translator.

An agreement was reached in which the student returned to high school, but the suit says the district disclosed confidential information about him to the public and media, and took increased disciplinary action against him.

A statement from the family and district Tuesday said although the parties have different reasons for entering the settlement, they're pleased the matter's been resolved.

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