DUE PROCESS HEARINGS
If you don’t believe your child’s needs are being addressed at school, you have the right to request a due process hearing with the Texas Education Agency, or TEA.
A due process hearing is very much like a trial in a courtroom before a judge. The parent presents an opening statement and calls witnesses to testify about the child’s educational needs and the facts of the case. The school district responds with its witnesses and evidence. A hearing officer decides who is right, based on the evidence presented and the law.
Due process hearings are similar to many other types of trials you may see at a courthouse. They always involve the testimony of witnesses and review of documents. However, emotions sometimes run very high as in divorce cases, and the parties will have to work with each other after the hearing, regardless of who wins or loses. At a due process hearing, like a child custody hearing, the child’s future hangs in the balance.
OUR EXPERIENCE IS YOUR MOST POWERFUL WEAPON
What is the principal advantage you take into any of these legal situations? It’s the preparation and presentation of an experienced special education attorney.
In Texas, there are only a handful of special education lawyers with extensive backgrounds as hearing officers. Sharon Ramage has sat on the other side of the bench during hundreds of hearings. She knows which ingredients make a powerful case and which approaches are not helpful. Sharon Ramage has seen the perspective of the hearing officer and will use her experience to develop and present your case effectively. Her knowledge and credibility are your powerful allies in due process hearings and beyond.
To discuss your child’s case, talk to Sharon Ramage. Our office represents parents throughout Texas.