Do you have a special needs child and feel some aspect of the public school system is not serving your child's needs? Do you feel the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is inadequate? If you have tried to find a resolution with the school directly and reached an impasse it is probably time to involve an attorney. The school system is large and has plenty of resources that can be directed to your child's needs. Every child has a right to a free public education through twelfth grade regardless of what special needs that child requires in reaching his or her full potential.
You may feel you have nowhere to turn. If you were to try to litigate the matter, you would be fighting the same city or county that runs the school system. This is not true. Matters such as these go directly to federal court. They bypass the entire local, county and state court systems and are handled by the federal district system for your area. Often just the presence of an attorney at a parent/school meeting is enough to tip the scales in favor of finding the resources your child needs.
In these cases, your child's attorney's fees are usually paid by the school if the student prevails. That means that not only will the school system have to provide the special services, they will have to pay for your child's attorney. These cases seldom make it to court as the school system already knows the probable outcome.
If you are in a dispute with your child's school that you feel it is escalating to the point where a resolution is not close at hand, please give us a call at 615.530.5719 or use any of the other means on the Contact Us page. We would like to assist you in finding a resolution so your child's needs will be met.
Certifications in Mediation and Arbitration are available to Tennessee lawyers and other professionals. Tull & Marshall, An Association of Attorneys' Dispute Resolution Practice does not perform formal mediation or arbitration as classified by the Supreme Court of Tennessee. We are not certified in these areas and do not provide these services. We do represent clients in mediation and/or arbitration conducted by those who are certified in these areas. Our process is less formal and not intended as a replacement for either mediation or arbitration and we refer some disputes to those who are certified in these areas. Nothing contained herein should be construed as dispute resolution being either mediation or arbitration.