Wednesday, August 22, 2012
On the August 23, 2012, Board of Education Consent Agenda (No discussion item) is authorization for MCPS to spend $625,000 on outside attorneys to fight families of children needing special education services.
For over a decade, the Board of Education has been spending huge sums every year to fight families without any public discussion to justify this spending.
This year, for the first time in over a decade, the Board actually put out a Request for Proposals seeking bids for law firms to provide these services. As was expected, the same firms that have worked for the Board for over a decade were awarded the contract after the bidding. One new firm was added to the list, but it is unclear if they will actually do any of the work for the Board.
The primary outside lawyer in MCPS special education litigation has been Jeffrey Krew, LLC. That firm, was included on the list of "winners" after this year's bidding.
But, a fundamental discussion is absent. Why? Why does the Board of Education feel that over $600,000 of education funding should be spent in a year fighting families of children that need special education services? As we have posted to this blog on numerous occasions, this litigation is often abusive and a flat out waste of precious education resources.
Board of Education, step up and explain to Montgomery County parents and guardians why you continue to authorize this abusive litigation?
Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Sherr, LLP
Nussbaum Law, LLC
Carney, Kelehan already works for BOE.
Jeffrey Krew, LLC already works for BOE on special education cases.
Nussbaum Law, LLC looks to be same firm that has worked for BOE before.
PK Law appears to be a new firm.