M.H. v. NY City Dep't of Educ., No. 10-2181 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The plaintiffs in consolidated cases are the parents of disabled children, challenging the procedural and substantive adequacy of Individualized Education Plans that the New York City Department of Education, developed for their children pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education 8 Act, 20 U.S.C. 1400. They also sought reimbursement of funds spent on private-school tuition for their children. In one case, the Second Circuit held that the district court properly agreed with the determinations of the hearing officer who initially considered the matter and properly rejected the subsequent determinations of the state review officer. In the other case, the Second Circuit found that the magistrate judge, who recommended granting the Department's motion for summary judgment, overstated the extent to which federal courts must defer to the findings of state administrative officers, but that the Department's motion was properly granted.