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Case Name Schuler v. Bd. of Educ. of Cent. Islip Union Free Sch. Dist. ED-NY-0013
Docket / Court 96-ED-4702 ( E.D.N.Y. )
State/Territory New York
Case Type(s) Education
Case Summary
On September 24, 1996, this complaint was filed against Board of Education in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York under by taxpayers and property owners in the Central Islip Union Free School District. The plaintiffs alleging that general state of public education within ... read more >
On September 24, 1996, this complaint was filed against Board of Education in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York under by taxpayers and property owners in the Central Islip Union Free School District. The plaintiffs alleging that general state of public education within the District, and particularly by the educational opportunities provided to minority children and children with disabilities.

An Amended Complaint was filed on April 18, 1997, adding the President of the Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA), the Commissioner of Education of the State of New York, and the auditor for the school district as defendants.

The plaintiffs' complaint alleged three causes of action against all defendants. Specifically, plaintiffs alleged that defendants (1) conspired to commits acts under color of state law to deprive plaintiffs of their 14th amendment right to equal protection under the laws, in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 1985; (2) wasted municipal, state and federal resources in violation of New York General Municipal Law; and (3) violated the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

On June 30, 1997, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss. The School District defendants contended that the Court lacks subject matter jurisdiction to hear plaintiffs' claims, that plaintiffs lack standing, and that the individual School District defendants are entitled to qualified immunity. The Commissioner asserted Eleventh Amendment immunity from plaintiffs' claims relating to the violation of the New York Constitution and New York statutory law. Finally, the Civil Service Employees Association contended that personal jurisdiction is lacking due to insufficient process and insufficient service of process.

On February 1, 2000, the court (Judge John Gleeson) dismissed the complaint with prejudice as to the School Board, Commissioner, and the CSEA. The court noted that the only remaining defendant at the time was the auditor of the school district.

On March 15, 2000, the plaintiff requested that Judge Gleeson grant a default summary judgment for petitioner's claims against the auditor and that the court appoints a special investigator, prosecutor, or agency to investigate the financial improprieties found to be present. The court responded by ordering plaintiffs to show cause why their claims against the defendant should not be dismissed.

On March 23, 2000, because the plaintiffs failed to take any actions, the court dismissed the complaint against the plaintiff and entered judgment in favor of all defendants and closed this case.

Ginny Lee - 03/16/2017


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Elementary/Secondary School
Disability
disability, unspecified
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Failure to supervise
Failure to train
Language/ethnic/minority needs
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Indv. w/ Disab. Educ. Act (IDEA), Educ. of All Handcpd. Children Act , 20 U.S.C. § 1400
Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act), 29 U.S.C. § 701
Defendant(s) Board of Education of Central Islip Union Free School District
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs consist of taxpayers and property owners from within the Central Islip Union Free School District.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se Yes
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 1996
Case Closing Year 2000
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
1:96-cv-04702 (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/23/2000
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Memorandum and Order (2000 WL 134346) (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0013-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Date: 02/01/2000
Source: Westlaw
Judges Gleeson, John (E.D.N.Y.)
ED-NY-0013-0001 | ED-NY-0013-9000
Levy, Robert M. (E.D.N.Y.) [Magistrate]
ED-NY-0013-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Seaman, Kevin A. (New York)
ED-NY-0013-9000
Shuler, Donna (New York)
ED-NY-0013-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bienstock, Martin (New York)
ED-NY-0013-9000
Pyun, James (New York)
ED-NY-0013-9000

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