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Judge Urges Families In School-Bullying Suit To Settle With City

A federal judge Tuesday strongly urged the Department of Education and parents who have filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of children who have been bullied at school to settle the case.

“I think this is the kind of problem best solved outside the courtroom,” Judge Nicholas Garaufis said Tuesday in Brooklyn Federal Court.

The parents of 24 schoolchildren — including 11 who are disabled — and the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools filed the suit last April alleging the Department of Education does not comply with regulations concerning in-school violence.

They are seeking a number of remedies but have dropped a demand for an independent monitor, said their lawyer, Jim Walden.