Damages Against Teacher Who Refused to Implement an IEP:
Why did you put Doe v. Withers on your site? What is the relevance of a case that's more than 20 years old?
Pete responds: Your point is well taken.
Doe v. Withers is a 1992 case that was decided in part under United States Code Section 1983. (Thus the confusion about dates.)
Recently, several people who are looking for information about the case have sent emails to ask about the case.
Doe v. Withers is not posted on the Internet. I have discussed Doe v. Withers in articles on Wrightslaw. Several years ago, I wrote an analysis of Doe v. Withers for the Attention Deficit Disorder Forum on CompuServ.
speaking, Doe v. Withers was a simple jury trial
in a civil case that is unreported in State or Federal Court Reporters.
But Doe v. Withers is also a landmark case.
Why is this case significant?
Doe v. Withers was the first special education jury trial and the first special education dollar damages case.
Withers is also significant because the child's history teacher (who
was a member of the state General Assembly at the time) refused to follow
the child's IEP, despite being told to do so by several school officials
including the principal, special ed director, and special ed teacher.
This case paved the way for later special ed damages cases, including W.B. v. Matula, a landmark case from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and Witte v. Clark County, a case from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Your e-mail tells me that we need to do a better job of providing background about the cases we post.
your questions. I'm sure other readers had the same questions but did