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Settlement Reached In Discrimination Allegations Against Brookline School

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The U.S. Attorney’s Office has reached a settlement agreement with the Park School in Brookline over allegations that it discriminated against a disabled girl, the 5-year-old Harper Oates.

The U.S. Attorney’s investigation found the school violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) when it denied a student with a disability admission to the school without making an individualized assessment of whether the school could accommodate the student.

The school must now:

  • revise its disability non-discrimination policy;
  • modify its admissions policies and procedures to ensure full assessment of applicants with disabilities before deciding;
  • implement appropriate procedures for responding to requests for reasonable accommodations;
  • provide comprehensive training to admissions staff;
  • remove architectural barriers in school buildings to ensure all are ADA-compliant.

The Park School is an independent school in Brookline with over 560 students.