The following table summarizes some of the key statistics for Fiscal Year 2012 that were recently published by the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA). There are a couple of points worth highlighting:
- Out of 8,460 rejected IEP’s, there were only 52 due process hearings with decisions. Why? Most cases reach resolution prior to a hearing. In other words, based on the statistics, there is only a 0.6% likelihood that any rejected IEP will actually go all the way through to a complete Hearing.
- Of the 52 decisions that were rendered, parents prevailed in just 13 cases. That represents just 25% of the BSEA decisions.
What is the lesson here for parents? Proceed with caution when it comes to litigation. As an attorney, I judge my success not by the number of cases litigated, but by the number of positive outcomes achieved (preferably without litigation).
|Actual Hearings with Formal Decisions||48||50||35||52|
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