Bridges4Kids Logo

Home ] What's New ] Contact Us ] About Us ] Links ] Search ] Glossaries ] Contact Legislators ] Reviews ] Downloads ] Disabilities ] IDEA ] Special Education ] Medicaid/SSI ] Childcare/Respite ] Wraparound ] Insurance ] PAC/SEAC ] Ed Reform ] Literacy ] Community Schools ] Children At-Risk ] Section 504 ] School Climate/Bullying ] Parenting/Adoption ] Home Schooling ] Community Living ] Health & Safety ] Summer Camp ] Kids & Teens ] College/Financial Aid ] Non-Public & Other Schools ] Legal Research ] Court Cases ] Juvenile Justice ] Advocacy ] Child Protective Services ] Statistics ] Legislation ] Ask the Attorney ] Lead Poisoning ]
 Where to find help for a child in Michigan, Anywhere in the U.S., or Canada
Bridges4Kids is now on Facebook. Follow us today!
Last Updated: 01/15/2018

Article of Interest - Court Cases

Printer-friendly Version

Bridges4Kids Logo

MA Appeals Court: Parents Can Represent Their Children in Disability Disputes
WBZ4, 10/9/2003
For more articles like this visit


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.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a New Hampshire case in which the parents of a disabled boy had sued two school districts -- the Plymouth School District and the Pemi-Baker Regional School District -- over his individualized education program.

Normally, parents who are suing on behalf of a child must hire a lawyer, the court said in a 30-page opinion written by Justice Sandra Lynch.

The appeals court noted that the school districts were concerned that permitting parents to sue without a lawyer would cause more meritless lawsuits to be brought under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

"The concern is real," the three-judge panel found.

But it continued, "Our view is that Congress ... thought that risk an acceptable price to pay" to ensure that disabled students get a free and appropriate education.

Pointing out that school districts are usually represented by lawyers, which gives them an advantage, the court said, "We find it unlikely that Congress intended to put parents who attempt to proceed pro se at the even greater disadvantage of preventing their suits from going forward at all."


back to the top     ~     back to Breaking News     ~     back to What's New


Thank you for visiting

bridges4kids does not necessarily agree with the content or subject matter of all articles nor do we endorse any specific argument.  Direct any comments on articles to


2002-2018 Bridges4Kids