Op-Ed on Schaffer
School boards across the country are generally rejoicing over the decision by the Supreme Court that parents who appeal their child's special-education plan, usually to an administrative law judge, have the legal burden of proving that the plan was not "appropriate" under federal law. The parents in the case, Schaffer v. Weast, which originated in Montgomery County, claimed that the school system should bear the burden of proving that the child's plan was appropriate.
I am a member of the school board in Baltimore City, but I don't share the general celebratory mood. If school board members in Maryland and elsewhere understood more about the roots of the nationwide failure of special education, I don't think they would, either.