Disability Law Section

The section serves as a resource for Tennessee lawyers practicing in the area of disability rights or who have an interest in building a disability rights practice. The section offers continuing legal education and a forum for advancing disability rights.

George & George
PO Box 8130
Gallatin, TN 37066
Law Office of Donna Simpson
PO Box 2327
Cookeville, TN 38502

State Settles with Parents in Special Education Classroom Suit

A settlement for $185,000 between the state of Tennessee and the parents of a Hamilton County student with down syndrome was approved Tuesday by the Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee, The Times Free Press reports. Deborah and Greg Hyde filed a suit against the Hamilton Count Department of Education and the Tennessee Department of Education last year when they were told their son would be removed from his normal class and placed in a special education class. The state settled because “it recognized its own administrative complaint process did not meet the court's standards,” according to Hamilton County Schools attorney Scott Bennett.

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Tullahoma School Board to Pay Legal Fees

The Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education was ordered to pay $23,582 in legal fees to the parent of a TCS student who claimed the school stopped providing special education services, Tullahoma News reports. “The board will be paying $11,791 of those fees, and the state will pay the remainder. We have to pay because we followed state regulations and procedures, which conflict with federal regulations and procedures,” TCS Director Dan Lawson said.

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