Parents of children with disabilities win Supreme Court case

May 22, 2007
Rulings says parents don't have to be represented by a lawyer when they challenge their child's individualized education plan.

The U.S. Supreme Court decision says parents of children with disabilities have the right to go to court without a lawyer to challenge their public school district’s individualized plan for their child’s education. The 7-to-2 decision involves an interpretation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, which gives all children the right to a “free appropriate public education,” regardless of disability. Most federal appeals courts have ruled that when a dispute over the law brings families and school districts into court, the parents cannot proceed without a lawyer. Many parents, including the couple from Parma, Ohio, who brought this case, either cannot afford a lawyer or cannot find one.

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