Stephen Jeffers v. School Board -
Stephen Jeffers v. School Board is a two-hour documentary
that takes you through a special education due process hearing,
from initial preparation to testimony by the final witness. You
see exciting direct examination, dramatic cross-examination,
arguments between counsel and objections to hearsay and leading
Using an Expert as An Effective Resource
- Expert opinions are necessary in special education.
No matter how knowledgeable they are about their disabled
children, parents should rely on the opinions of trained
professionals to help them make informed decisions about
therapeutic and educational interventions.
Special Ed Battle:
Family Wins Case, Seeks Legal Fees From Monongalia Schools
- Jim and Eleanor Green spend most of their evenings
reading legal documents -- time taken away from reading
storybooks to their two children. The couple, whose 8-year-old
daughter, Julie, has Down syndrome, is embroiled in a battle
with the Monongalia County school system. The battle has cost
both parties a combined $170,000. And a lot of time and energy.
It started in spring 2002 when the Greens disagreed with school
officials, who attempted to increase Julie's time out of the
regular classroom at Mountainview Elementary from 21 percent to
60 percent. Officials said Julie (who is mildly mentally
retarded) needed a specialized environment to learn.
MA Appeals Court:
Represent Their Children in Disability Disputes - Parents
can sue on behalf of their disabled children -- without hiring a
lawyer -- to make sure their child gets an appropriate public
education, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.
Access and Equity in the Due Process System - Attorney
Representation and Hearing Outcomes in Illinois, 1997-2002; by
Melanie Archer, Ph.D., December 2002
Q and A
Regarding Reimbursement for Advocate Fees at Due Process
Hearings - click here.
Special Education Complaints (Michigan): An Update -
click here. (PDF document)
Factors to Consider when
Selecting an Expert by Rosemary Palmer, Esq.
Using an Expert as An Effective Resource by Jennifer L. Bollero,
Esq. - Expert opinions are necessary in special education. No
matter how knowledgeable they are about their disabled children,
parents should rely on the opinions of trained professionals to help
them make informed decisions about therapeutic and educational
interventions. School districts will also rely on these professionals
to help them design and deliver specialized education. All parties
must recognize the important roles played by these professionals.
Observations from the Transom by Brice Palmer - Beyond the
technical, legal, and ethical considerations of expert witness
testimony is the continuing effort by education agencies and their
legal counsel to restrict the ability of parent attorneys and
advocates to adequately argue on behalf of disabled children and their
Process and Mediation by Sonja Kerr
Special Education Mediation: A Guide for Parents
Special Education Mediation: A Guide for Parents (Spanish)
Special Education Mediation: A Guide for Parents (Hmong)
Implementing the Mediation Requirements of IDEA '97
Question: Can you get fees for an "educational specialist"
Answer: The following
excerpt came from a due process hearing in Ohio:
"Joan K. Honeycutt, Ed.D., has more than twenty (20) years of
professional experience in the area of special education. She is a
respected consultant and advocate for children with disabilities. Dr.
Honeycutt expended in excess of one hundred (100) hours reviewing [Child]'s
education documents and providing consultative services throughout the
proceedings. The amount of time expended by Dr. Honeycutt was both
reasonable and necessary.
The hourly rate of $150.00 per hour is reasonable for the services of
Joan K. Honeycutt, Ed.D., and is consistent with rates prevailing in
Cuyahoga County, Ohio and surrounding areas, for the kind and quality
of services furnished by education consultants of comparable skill,
experience and reputation.
Elizabeth Jones, a Paralegal employed by Hickman & Lowder Co., L.P.A.
has more than two (2) years experience working has a Litigation
Paralegal. Ms. Jones expended over seventy-six (76) hours providing
litigation support during the administrative proceedings.
The hourly rate of $ 85.00 per hour is reasonable for the services of
Ms. Jones, and is consistent with rates prevailing in Cuyahoga County,
Ohio and surrounding areas, for the kind and quality of services
furnished by a Paralegal of comparable skill and experience.