A class-action suit is challenging Virginia’s implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the suit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court asserts that when parents challenge school plans for how to educate their children, hearing officers rarely side with parents. Parents who question services offered for their child can file a complaint and go before a judge, but the suit asserts that about two-thirds of hearing officers have never ruled in parents’ favor in the last 20 years. The plaintiffs seek a declaration that the system “deprives families of procedural due process” and want the department to be found out of compliance with the federal law.
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