Md. bill would place burden of proof on parents and schools

03/11/2013 | Washington Post, The

A bill in the Maryland legislature would require both parties -- parents and schools -- to defend the appropriateness of proposed special-education services, regardless of who initiated the lawsuit. The bill's sponsor says the change would help alleviate some of the financial burden parents face when they bring a case against a district. However, state education officials say they oppose the bill because it could undermine collaboration between schools and parents.

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