Virginia districts spending thousands on special education disputes

December 15, 2018

The costs in Central Virginia have mushroomed over the last few years. Some attribute it to more parents aware of their rights and fighting for them, while there’s also been an increase in the number of students with disabilities, particularly students with autism.  

8News has uncovered Virginia school districts spending a substantial amount of time and taxpayer money fighting special needs parents in court.  

8News has been digging into a rise in special education disputes around the state and found the costs in Central Virginia have mushroomed over the last few years. Some attribute it to more parents aware of their rights and fighting for them. There’s also been an increase in the number of students with disabilities, particularly students with autism.  

Whatever the cause, the disputes can drag out and be costly.