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IEP Issues - Due Process

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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.

 

TN 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: Parents Can 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

 

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