‘Why would we even try?’ Parents of disabled students almost never win in fights against Maryland districts

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By Talia Richman
The Baltimore Sun
May 2, 2019

It’s rare for the parents of students with disabilities to prevail in legal battles against Maryland school districts. In the past five years, they’ve lost more than 85 percent of the time, state education department documents show, even after investing tens of thousands of dollars and countless hours in pursuit of a better education for their children.

Advocates, families and attorneys say the trend is alarming and discourages people from fighting for the rights kids are guaranteed under federal law.

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