Republican Legislation to Level the Playing Field for Families Seeking an IEP

CONCORD – Education Committee Vice-Chairman Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro), the prime sponsor of HB581, relative to the burden of proof in special education hearings and establishing

a committee to study special education IEP and dispute resolution processes released the following statement after Governor Chris Sununu signed this legislation into law:
“I want to thank Governor Sununu for signing this important legislation and all of my colleagues in the House and Senate for helping to make this bill a reality. Every student deserves access to a quality education that best suits their needs, and it is incumbent upon us to ensure that children with disabilities have that same opportunity,” said Cordelli. “HB581 levels the playing field for families challenging their child’s proposed IEP service plan from the school district. Prior to this legislation, parents attempting to ensure their child’s needs were met had to spend thousands of dollars to challenge a plan without the significant resources afforded to the school district. This bill places the burden of proof on the district and promotes fairness for New Hampshire’s families.”

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