Alief ISD retaliates against autism family for seeking due process

A school district near Houston, TX, has sued a family for filing for due process resolution because their autistic son was not receiving the free and appropriate education that was his due. The district’s lawsuit is for legal expenses associated with the due process litigation, which now reach almost a quarter million dollars. Bankruptcy now threatens the family.

From FoxNews Houston: Guaranteed by federal law a “free and appropriate education” for their son, Kenneth and wife Neka hoped the Alief School District would prove an able partner in helping Chukka reach his potential.

It didn’t happen.

“When I went there I saw things no mother would want to see,” says Neka her visits to Chuka’s middle school.

“My wife went to observe, found him squashed in the corner and nobody cared,” says Kenneth. Read more


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2 Responses to Alief ISD retaliates against autism family for seeking due process

  1. Michael says:

    Sorry as I’m a bit slow on the uptake here, but this story reminded me of a nurse in Texas who reported a physician to the state medical board for poor medical practices and she ended up getting PROSECUTED for misuse of official information. Fortunately the case go thrown out. Here is a link for those of you who are curious.

    It is an unfortunate fact of life that those who stand up against against corruption are frequently underdogs who frequently pay a very dear price financially, emotionally, and all regards. The hollywood type endings are all too rare.

    BTW: Superb website, Emily. I don’t know how you so much so well and in so little time.

    • ejwillingham says:

      Yes…I did see that story…that was simply unbelievable. It’s like these parents in Houston being sued for exercising their legal right to due process. It makes a mockery of such alleged “protections.”

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