Tuesday Roundup: IDEA Experts, Indiana Finance, and Nebraska Consolidations

By Mark Walsh — May 06, 2008 1 min read
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It’s been a little quiet on the school law front the last couple of days, but here are a few tidbits:

IDEA Expert Witnesses: Over at her On Special Education blog, my Education Week colleague Christina A. Samuels has this report on the IDEA Fairness Restoration Act, a bill introduced in Congress that is designed to reverse the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Arlington Central School District v. Murphy. The bill would amend the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to allow the prevailing party in an IDEA suit to recover the costs of expert witnesses.

Indiana School Finance: Over at the Edjurist Accord, Justin Bathon reports on a ruling by an Indiana state appellate court that will permit a challenge to the state’s funding system to go forward. The court’s ruling is here.

Nebraska School Consolidation: What happens when a state passes a law requiring the consolidation of certain school districts, and a ballot initiative later passes that repeals the law, but not before a state committee carries out the first phase of the consolidations? As you might guess, litigation ensues. A decision last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, in St. Louis, concludes that voters who challenged that first round of consolidations on various grounds don’t have a case.

A version of this news article first appeared in The School Law Blog.