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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Ind. Law - 7th Circuit issues interesting ruling involving federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

In Mosely, Lillian L. v. Chicago Board, Judge Wood writes:

For the better part of two years, Lillian Mosely fought the efforts of the Chicago Public Schools to place her son Melvin in a special education class. She was not satisfied with the treatment Melvin was receiving; moreover, as she saw matters, her efforts led the Board of Education of the City of Chicago to retaliate against her in a number of ways. Mosely eventually sued under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C. §§ 1400 et seq., complaining about Melvin’s treatment and the procedures the schools had used, and under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, asserting that her own civil rights had been violated through the Board’s retaliatory acts. The respective district court judges to whom these two cases were assigned each dismissed them: the IDEA case on grounds of lack of exhaustion of administrative remedies, and the retaliation case for failure to state a claim on which relief could be granted. Mosely has appealed. With the able assistance of amicus curiae recruited by this court to explore the issues Mosely presented pro se in the district court, we have concluded that these dismissals were premature. We therefore remand both cases to the district court for further proceedings.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 4, 2006 12:45 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions