published Friday, December 20th, 2013

Judge rules in favor of Hamilton County Schools in special ed case

A state judge has found in favor of Hamilton County Schools in a case alleging the school system denied 10-year-old Luka Hyde's his federally mandated special education services.

In November, Luka's parents argued a due process case claiming he was denied a federally mandated appropriate education. Deborah Hyde argued her son was academically successful up until last school year, when Luka was in second grade at Normal Park Museum Magnet School. But school officials said he was performing poorly and thus recommended he move to a more intensive special education-specific classroom at Red Bank Elementary.

In his ruling, released today, administrative law judge Marion Wall, said the Hydes failed to substantiate their claims that the school system didn't implement their son's Individualized Education Program.

"The school district is not required to continue to pursue futile educational strategies just to maintain placement in a neighborhood school," he wrote.

about Kevin Hardy...

Kevin rejoined the Times Free Press in August 2011 as the Southeast Tennessee K-12 education reporter. He worked as an intern in 2009, covering the communities of Signal Mountain, Red Bank, Collegedale and Lookout Mountain, Tenn. A native Kansan, Kevin graduated with bachelor's degrees in journalism and sociology from the University of Kansas. After graduating, he worked as an education reporter in Hutchinson, Kan., for a year before coming back to Chattanooga. Honors include a ...

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