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Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, 1:58 p.m.

A legal advocacy group for abused, neglected and at-risk children says in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that Penn Hills School District owes it about $54,000 for work the group did on behalf of an autistic student.

The district had refused to provide the student, identified only as “A.B.” in the lawsuit, with full days of schooling and refused to place him in a specialized autistic support program, the lawsuit says.

KidsVoice, Downtown, represented the student and obtained those services and more than $17,000 in compensatory education from a hearing officer in September, the lawsuit says.

A spokeswoman for KidsVoice couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The district declined comment.

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