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L.A. Unified ends Miramonte sex abuse case with $139-million deal
L.A. Unified ends Miramonte sex abuse case with $139-million deal

The L.A. Unified School District has agreed to pay about $139 million to settle claims that a Miramonte Elementary School teacher abused his students, drawing to a close the lengthy case that led to changes in state law and district policies. It is believed to be the largest payout ever by a school system in a child abuse case. The size of the settlement reflects not only the harm students and their parents say was inflicted by former third-grade teacher Mark Berndt, but also the school district's failure to take action on misconduct complaints involving Berndt years earlier. John Manly, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, said the settlement was a signal that the district...

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