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    Filed at 5:57 am under by dcobranchi

    If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the parents in this case, ADHD rates across the country will soar:

    Brian Schaffer attended private school in Maryland through seventh grade. He struggled academically, was diagnosed with “attention deficit hyperactivity disorder” and was told that his private school could not meet his needs because it had no special-education program at all.

    Brian’s parents contacted their public school, and an Individualized Education Plan Team — including Brian’s parents — designed an individualized plan for Brian, including 16 hours of special education and speech therapy per week.

    Brian’s parents said the class size was too big, so Montgomery County offered the Individualized Education Plan, or IED, at another school 10 minutes away where classes were smaller. Brian’s parents rejected this offer also and enrolled Brian in the private McLean School.

    The parents then appealed to a neutral hearing officer, claiming that under the federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA, the individualized plan was inadequate and denied Brian a free appropriate public education and, thus, that Montgomery County had to pay Brian’s private-school tuition. (The Web site for McLean School shows that eighth-grade tuition is $20,950).

    One Response to “A PREDICTION”

    Comment by
    July 30th, 2005
    at 3:12 pm

    This is nothing new. Other parents have tried the same thing, and I can (off the top of my head) recall only one case in which the paretns had their tuition refunded.

    Parents of special needs kids have been watching these cases, hoping that a precedent is set. (Here in NJ, we have private special ed schools that school districts send kids to at similar costs to the one mentioned in the article.)

    Oh, and this kids appears to have been yet another case of misdiagnosis. ADD/ADHD doesn’t require special ed nor does it require speech therapy. It seems evident that this boy has some other neurological consition, or perhaps (not unusual) more than one.