Lawsuit came out of years of disagreement between school district and mother of autistic, yet mathematically gifted, boy on how to best educate him.
Friday, August 17, 2012
A federal jury has decided that the Bethlehem Area School District was guilty of retaliating against a mother who filed multiple complaints about the education plans for her two sons and ordered it to pay her $10,000, according to published reports. After nearly two weeks of testimony, the jury took two-and-a-half hours to rule in favor of Diana Zhou, who filed a counter suit against the district in 2009 after the district sued her, alleging that she was deliberately driving up the district’s legal cost to get it to send her sons to Moravian Academy, according to The Morning Call. Presiding U.S. District Judge J. William Ditter must still decide on the district’s original claim against Zhou. The district filed the claim under a provision…
Diana Zhou battled for years with Bethlehem Area School District over her sons’ education. Did it really benefit her sons and at what cost?
The case of Diana Zhou’s fight with the Bethlehem Area School District has made for fascinating reading, partly because it shows an extreme version of the conflicts that can bubble up between school districts and parents of children with disabilities. Zhou has been locked in a lawsuit with BASD over more than $200,000 in legal costs. The district incurred them responding to about two dozen complaints Zhou filed over BASD’s education plans for her two sons, one of whom has Asperger’s, which is on the autism spectrum. Testimony during the federal civil trial in Philadelphia in the last week showed the frustration of BASD administrators and teachers in trying to satisfy Zhou, who appeared to find fault with everything they did for her …