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Disabled EducationA Critical Analysis of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act$
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Ruth Colker

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814708101

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814708101.001.0001

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Disabled Education

Ruth Colker

NYU Press

This chapter examines hearing officer decisions in California involving parents who challenge individualized education programs (IEP) on behalf of their children with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). It begins by telling the story of an eight-year-old boy, Pedro, whose grandmother failed in her request that the school district provide transportation from their house to his special educational program. It then considers other cases that reflect a hearing officer structure that is heavily biased in favor of school districts, even when the district bears the burden of proof. These cases also show that children whose parents require an interpreter to participate in the hearings have a particularly slim chance of winning.

Keywords:   hearing officer decisions, California, parents, individualized education program, children with disabilities, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, school district, special education, burden of proof

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