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Surviving Due Process:
Stephen Jeffers
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Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board is based on the true story of a young child with autism.

After the school district offered a program that was not appropriate, the parents placed their child in a private school that specializes in educating young children with autism. After the child made good progress, the parents requested that the school district reimburse them for his tuition. When the school district refused, the parents requested a special education due process hearing.

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board
takes you through the due process hearing, from initial preparations to testimony by the final witness. See direct examination and dramatic cross-examination of witnesses, objections to leading questions, arguments between counsel, and rulings by the hearing officer.

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Background

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
requires that public schools provide a free, appropriate education to qualifying students with disabilities. If there is a disagreement between parents and their school district, either party may request a special education due process hearing.

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board is based on a true story of a young child with autism. With different evidence and witnesses, this could easily be a case about a child with a different disability or a different legal issue.

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Cast

The cast includes:
  * Darrel Tillar Mason, Esq., former hearing officer & member of the Virginia Board of Education
  * Kathleen S. Mehfoud, Esq., nationally-known school board attorney
  * Pete Wright, Esq., parent attorney

Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board is produced by Harbor House Law Press and The Virginia Legal Advocacy Center and was directed and filmed by V.A.V.S. Video Productions, a team of specialists in producing educational video programs.

"Every viewer will have fun and learn something new from watching this video."

"Working on the ‘Due Process’ project was so much fun! The project brought together people who are heartily involved in the subject, it showed aspects of a procedure that many parents must go through and it has a very real and human feel to it.
- John Nelson, President, V.A.V.S.

Update on the Case (2/12/05)

When Surviving Due Process was being filmed, the due process hearing in Z.P. v. Henrico School Board had just been held. The story of Surviving Due Process: Stephen Jeffers v. School Board was based on the facts in Z.P. v. Henrico School Board.

The individuals who played the roles of teachers, therapists, the psychologist and special ed director, and the attorneys in Surviving Due Process read the transcript of the Z.P. v. Henrico School Board due process hearing. At the time the DVD was filmed, the hearing officer had not issued a decision.

What happened next?

The parents received a favorable decision from the hearing officer. The school district appealed to U. S. District Court. The District Court reversed the hearing officer and found for the school district.

The parents appealed this decision to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The Court heard oral argument on September 29, 2004.

On February 11, 2005, in a 2-1 split decision, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reversed the District Court and remanded the case back with instructions. Read School Bd of Henrico County VA v. Z.P. in html.

School Bd of Henrico County VA v. Z.P. is also available in pdf at http://www.wrightslaw.com/law/caselaw/05/4th.henrico.va.zo,pdf

Does this mark the end of School Bd of Henrico v. Z.P.? Yes. After the favorable pro-parent decision by the 4th Circuit, the case was settled.

Awards

Surviving Due Process Wins Award of Excellence from Aegis Awards.

Surviving Due Process
was directed and filmed by V.A.V.S. Video Productions, a team of specialists in producing educational video programs.

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