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9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects Defense of Parent Blame

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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

In M.P. v. Anchorage Sch. Dist., the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals delivered an opinion favorable to parents who advocated on behalf of their child. The appellate court agreed with the arguments presented by COPAA Board member Sonja Kerr on behalf of the parents and COPAA as amicus. Specifically, the court upheld the Hearing Officer’s determination that the school district did not satisfy the Rowley "meaningful benefit” standard when it used an outdated IEP. In addition, the district court made a legal error when it concluded that the parents’ vigorous advocacy for their child excused the district’s inappropriate IEP. COPAA thanks Dan Robinson, Sonya Winner and Simon Frankel at Covington & Burling in San Francisco for writing the March 24, 2011 COPAA amicus brief Anchorage Sch. Dist. v. M.P. on a pro bono basis.

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