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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

High Court Rules Against Parents in Special Education Case

This is a story I had brought to your attention in the October 20 blog. You can re-read what that case was concerning here.

The case has now been heard by the Supreme Court, and it is an important case for school systems. In short, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that parents who demand better special education programs for their children have the burden of proof in the challenges.

Retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the 6-2 court, said that when parents challenge a program they have the burden in an administrative hearing of showing that the program is insufficient. If schools bring a complaint, the burden rests with them, O'Connor wrote. You can read the full story here.

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