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Schaffer v. Weast

Docket No.: 04-698
Certiorari Granted: Feb 22 2005
Argued: October 5, 2005
Decided: November 14, 2005

Topic:

Civil Rights

PartyNames: Brian Schaffer, a Minor, By His Parents and Next Friends, Jocelyn and Martin Schaffer, et al. v. Jerry Weast, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, et al.
Petitioner: Brian Schaffer, a Minor, By His Parents and Next Friends, Jocelyn and Martin Schaffer, et al.
Respondent: Jerry Weast, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, et al.

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Brian Schaffer, a Minor, By His Parents and Next Friends, Jocelyn and Martin Schaffer, et al.
v.
Jerry Weast, Superintendent, Montgomery County Public Schools, et al.
546 U.S. 49 (2005)
Question Presented:

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, when parents of a disabled child and a local school district reach an impasse over the child's individualized education program, either side has a right to bring the dispute to an administrative hearing officer for resolution. At the hearing, which side has the burden of proof -the parents or the school district?

Question:

Do the parents or school system bear the burden of proof in disputes over a child's individualized education program under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 6-2
Recused: The Chief Justice
Opinion By:
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