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AUCD Update on IDEA Fairness Restoration Act

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  • Alpy2@aol.com
    From the June 22, 2009 edition of the AUCD s Legislative News in Brief: Education AUCD signed onto a CCD Education Task Force letter in support of the IDEA
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      From the June 22, 2009 edition of the AUCD's Legislative News in Brief:
       

      Education

      AUCD signed onto a CCD Education Task Force letter in support of the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act (H.R. 2740), , sponsored by Representatives Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Pete Sessions (R-TX).  The bill will allow parents who prevail in IDEA due process hearings and litigation to recover the cost of expert witnesses. Few parents can afford the high cost of paying technical, medical, and other expert witnesses themselves; by contrast, school districts can use taxpayer dollar to pay for experts or use staff on their payroll.  The IDEA Fairness Restoration Act would overturn a 2006 Supreme Court decision that prevented parents from being reimbursed for expert witness fees in Arlington Central School District v. Murphy. The IDEA Fairness Restoration Act simply levels the playing field for those families for whom due process is their only hope for achieving an appropriate education for their child.

       
      Sandy, Illinois (alpy2@...)
      Volunteer Co-Webmaster, Our Children Left Behind (http://www.ourchildrenleftbehind.com) (IDEA & NCLB reauthorization)
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