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ESD-Atlanta lawsuits progressing forward

October 4, 2012
Emily Siegmon - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - The ongoing lawsuits between Atlanta Community Schools and the Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District over special education services is moving forward. On Sept. 18, portions of the litigation filed by Atlanta were dismissed by the federal court, but the case will continue with a clear focus on who was at fault in accordance to the Michigan Department of Education state laws.

"The federal court dismissed nine out of 12 counts of lawsuits, but they amended their complaint. This doesn't end all of the action at this point," Superintendent Brian Wilmot said.

Wilmot said the AMA ESD will be required to answer the amended complaint, but will most likely refute the complaint due to inaccuracy.

"This has been going on for a year, I'm not sure what will happen next, but it's a fluid process. The timeline for this will occur in the next few weeks, we are required to respond by Oct. 15," Wilmot said.

Wilmot said he is likely to have more information during the next AMA ESD meeting on Thursday, but at this point nothing is certain.

"We do feel the dismissals are favorable, but we're getting to the most crucial part," Wilmot said. "It's always better to have fewer issues."

Emily Siegmon can be reached via e-mail at or by phone at 358-5687.



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