Families endure costly legal fights trying to get the right special education services

12 year old Diego Lazaro and his parents Oscar and Melissa Lazaro with all of the paper work they’ve accumulated in their years long effort to get the education they feel Diego deserves with his dyslexia.
Diego Lazaro, 12, and his parents Oscar and Melissa Lazaro with all of the paperwork they’ve accumulated in their years-long effort to get Diego the education they feel he deserves with his dyslexia.
(Charlie Neuman)

Due process cases often pit families and schools against each other, instead of being partners in improving special education, critics say


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Kristen Taketa covers K-12 education for The San Diego Union-Tribune. She joined the U-T in 2018 after covering education for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.