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Highlights: Wrightslaw has a new navigation system and a new look. Have a question? Visit our new Topics page for links to dozens of articles by topic. Read Pete's testimony about reforming the Hearing Officer system in Virginia.
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1. Wrightslaw - New Navigation System and New Look
2. Find Information by Topic
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3. We Need Your Help
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Warning. Some parts of the site still have the old design. We hope to complete the redesign within the next week or so. This process is very labor-intensive so please be patient.
4. Pete Testifies About Changes to Hearing Officer System in Virginia
In 2000, the National Council on Disability published the IDEA Compliance Report, "Back to School on Civil Rights," and found that no state was in compliance with the IDEA. This report concluded that parents are the main "enforcers" of the IDEA.
"As a result of 25 years of nonenforcement by the Federal Government, parents are still a main enforcement vehicle for ensuring compliance with IDEA."
Since the IDEA Compliance Report was published, many people have taken a closer look at the system. We found state departments of education that do not require local school districts to comply with the law. In many states, hearing officers are inexperienced and poorly trained. Who do inexperienced Hearing Officers turn to for advice? State Departments of Education!
On June 3, Pete testified about the need to change the Hearing Officer system in Virginia. Read his testimony.