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Local School Boards Pay Millions To Block Special Education Services
November 7, 2003

HAMPTON ROADS, VIRGINIA--School boards in Hampton Roads are paying millions of dollars to outside law firms to fight parents in special education disputes, WAVY-TV reported Friday.

In its "On Your Side" segment, the station explained that taxpayers are paying for school districts to hire high-priced attorneys, specifically to limit access to services for students with disabilities.

A representative of one district said they are hiring the outside attorneys because of their expertise. Another said that it is because district attorneys are swamped with other issues.

In the meantime, one state senator is proposing a measure that would keep outside firms from doing legal work for a district when a city or county attorney is available.

Related article:
"You Paid for This? School Boards Hiring High Priced Attorneys to Fight Parents!" (WAVY-TV)

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