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ERIC Number: ED561835
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 135
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-7193-3
Examining Parental Issues Cited in Due Process Hearings
Gallagher, Beverly A.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Drexel University
In this study, the researcher analyzed survey responses from 67 Pennsylvania attorneys with experience in special education litigation and reviewed one year of Pennsylvania special education due process hearing decisions to determine the issues that prompt parents to seek legal counsel in special education disputes, the issues that counsel identify as most viable for litigation, and, ultimately, the issues that most often determine special education disputes once litigated. The immediate purpose of this analysis and review was to inform school entity decision-makers about the errors and omissions in special education program design and implementation that result in disputes and that most often determine the outcome of those disputes. The ultimate purpose was to provide a research basis for professional development activities and program change that might address these issues and prevent disputes. The issue identified by most attorney respondents as significant both for parents initially and attorneys ultimately was the lack of academic progress, with the area of single greatest concern identified as reading. Hearing officers were most likely to identify vagueness in or confusion about an evaluation or reevaluation report and vagueness in or confusion about the content of the child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) as the issues that determined the outcome of the cases before them. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania