Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Burden of proof

CNN: High court rules against parents in special education case

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised, and I'm not. Also, I understand the argument that the schools are trying to make, about a flood of lawsuits flooding thair resources.

But I don't think as special needs parents, we are all just lying in wait for the opportunity to sue the pants off the schools at the first sign of non-compliance. It would have been nice to see the burden of proof put on the entities that have the resources to defend their academic choices, rather than on the parents, most of whom eventually get put in a position where they run out of options and simply accept whatever the schools give their child, appropriate or not.

The burden is on the parents. Thank you, Supreme Court. And don't worry your pretty little heads about us. Nothing's changed for us. We'll still fight for our kids as best as we can, because unlike the schools, we don't have a choice.


Blogger Kelly said...

This just makes it harder for the parents. And I know there are parents out there of special needs kids who do not know that they can aregue and advocate for their child's needs. Many just take what they can get. What a shame!

Remember, the school district is not going to show you the menu, we need to speak up for our kids needs.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Moreena said...

Yowza. I hadn't heard this. Thanks for posting a link.

This article must hit especially close to home for you all, after how hard you have been forced to fight for your daughter's education. OK, so now it's official: part of parenting a kid whose educational needs might call for flexibility is that you will need to fight, and spend lots of money coming up with people to agree that you're fighting the right battle. Thanks!

3:32 PM  

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