ERIC Number: ED254975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
School Psychology and the Law: Analysis of Special Education Hearing Decisions.
Brady, Patricia M.
Due process hearing decisions (N=116) heard in 1981-82 by the New Jersey Department of Education and in 1982-83 by the Office of Administrative Law in the New Jersey Department of State were compared in terms of four variables: (1) petitioner-respondent, (2) issue(s), (3) representation, and (4) which party prevailed. Chi-square analyses revealed several trends, including that parents are predominantly and increasingly the petitioners, that local education agencies (LEAs) more commonly prevail but the rate remains fairly constant from year to year, that the use of attornies by both parties has greatly increased, and that there was a by-issue difference in who prevailed. LEAs more frequently prevailed in issues related to 12-month programs, residential placement, programing/Individualized Education Programs, and evaluation/reevaluation. Parents more frequently prevailed in placement issue decisions. A reversal was found between the 2 years regarding classification issues, with LEAs prevailing 55% of the time in 1981-82 and parents prevailing 70% of the time in 1982-83. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Jersey
Note: Summary of a presentation at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (Philadelphia, PA, April, 1984).