Its the parents of the child who has the responsibility of convincing a judge that a school system’s individual education program for their disabled child is or is not appropriate.
But the Senate Bill 691 and House Bill 1286 could change that. The legislation proposes requiring Maryland public school systems to defend the appropriateness of learning plans they create for students regardless of who files the complaint.
Placing the burden of proof on schools would encourage districts to work cooperatively with parents before cases reach a financially and emotionally draining legal fight, supporters say.
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