Virginia education officials hit with class action suit over disability hearings

Fairfax County Public Schools and the Virginia Department of Education have been hit with a federal class-action lawsuit claiming families of disabled children who challenge schools’ decisions about specialized education plans don’t get a fair shake.

The lawsuit, filed by Trevor and Vivian Chaplick, the parents of a disabled child, names as defendants Fairfax County School Board; Michelle Reid, superintendent of the school system; the Virginia Department of Education and Jillian Balow, superintendent of public instruction at VDOE.

The suit was filed Wednesday in the Eastern District of Virginia.

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