This chapter focuses on hearing officer decisions in Florida involving parents who challenge individualized education programs (IEP) on behalf of their disabled children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It begins by telling the stories of two children with disabilities, Johnny (a pseudonym) and Derek Hughes, and goes on to summarize the overall results of hearing officer decisions. It shows that parents rarely win these cases and, when they do prevail, attain only very modest relief. Many of the successful cases were brought by public interest organizations. No parent virtually succeeded in arguing that an IEP was inadequate.
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