NON LAWYER REPRESENTATION FOR PARENTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARINGS

PETITION IN SUPPORT OF NONLAWYER REPRESENTATION FOR PARENTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION HEARINGS We, the undersigned, support the use of trained nonlawyers as representatives of parents in special education due process hearings. We recognize the lack of affordable and trained attorneys for parents and children in the field of special education, and request that Congress revisit the legislative urgency of permitting nonlawyer practice regardless of State law, as well as the right of nonlawyers to be paid for their work. We point out that school districts and State agencies have both expert witnesses and law firms, paid for by tax dollars, while parents must pay for both when disputing the special services provided to their children. The use of nonlawyer representation would provide a cost-effective option for parents who are otherwise unrepresented, as well as ensure equal protection of the law.

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    karen patterson, United States

    1 year ago State: South Carolina
    Country: United States
    Comments: I am experiencing a problem at this time where my child's special education rights and civil rights were violated repeatedly by the school district he attends and the district continues to violate his rights - I have to attend a due process hearing next week without an attorney- all attorneys in my state are exhorbitantly expensive- one wanted in excess of $15000 and told me a parent's chances of winning in this state are slim so I better pay up-if I had the money,I would. I know that if the chances are slim, this is because of the way the special education due process system is set up - in some states you have to go before a hearing officer that is paid by the school district at first- this is unfair- of course the hearing officer would be careful not to bite the hand that feeds him - this system needs to be changed to ensure the rights of children that are in special education-children who are at risk and are vulnerable- the states should not have this abiity- to outlaw non attorney representation- advocates should be able to represent the families in these cases
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    Emilie J. Heath, United States

    1 year ago State: Pennsylvania
    Country: United States
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    Jamison Jessup, United States

    1 year ago State: Florida
    Country: United States
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