FW: Please call: Veto threat jeopardizes kids with disabilities impartial hearing rights
This message is from Diane O’Donnell of Staten Island :
Veto threat on Burden of Proof Bill jeopardizes services for kids with disabilities.
In the closing hours of the last session of the State Legislature, overwhelmingly approved a bill restoring the burden of proof in special education impartial hearings to school districts. Powerful forces want the Governor to veto the bill.
When school districts fail or refuse to provide services to students with disabilities, parents must exercise their due process rights to secure those services. School districts, intent on saving money or inured the IEP students' needs, have little incentive to provide appropriate services. With access to lawyers, information and school personnel, school districts have an overwhelming advantage in the hearing process. This bill means when challenged, the Assessment Team will have to prove their position.
The Governor is expected to act on or before Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
Call, fax or email the Governor immediately and urge him to sign Senate Bill 8354 requiring school districts, not parents, to bear the burden of proof in special education hearings.
Call the Governor's Office at 518-474-1041
Fax the Governor's Office at 518-474-1513
Email the Governor at www.ny.gov/governor/contact/
If you would like to read more about the bill, you can check out the NYSARC website at http://www.uft.org/r/7292/1375544
The above is excerpted from a Carmen Alvarez UFT VP Special Education Email campaign.
The issue is very important for the involved parent of a student with an IEP. Please call, fax or email today and remember to identify yourself as an active voter in Staten Island .