Washington shifts the Burden of Proof in special education due process proceedings

The Washington legislature adopted a new law that shifts the burden of proof in due process proceedings. The burden will now be on the school district defending its placement of a special education student against parents’ claims that their child is not receiving a free, appropriate public education as required by federal and state law. The change was supported by various advocates for students with disabilities, including Attorneys for Education Rights, Professor Lisa Brodoff of Seattle University Law School and The Arc of Washington State. Kathy George attended the signing of the new law by Governor Inslee.

SB5338 Signed

Washington lawmaker proposes aid for state’s beleaguered Sunshine Committee

Oregon Public Radio

WA lawmakers double down on cynical ‘legislative privilege’

Seattle Times Editorial

Why WA hitting federal special ed requirements is just a first step

The Seattle Times

McCleary 2.0? Washington Ripe for Legal Action for Failing to Fund Special Ed

Seattle Times Editorial

Member of WA’s ‘Sunshine Committee’ quits, cites lawmakers’ inaction

The Seattle Times
KUOW Radio (NPR)
The Olympian
Seattle Times Op Ed by Kathy George

Judge orders private special education school to turn over records to Seattle Times

The Seattle Times

Johnston George won summary judgment against NWSOIL (BHC Fairfax Hospital, Inc. dba Northwest School of Innovative Learning) on behalf of our client The Seattle Times.

City settles Seattle Times lawsuit over Jenny Durkan’s missing text messages

The Seattle Times

Johnston George represented The Seattle Times in its suit against the City of Seattle and settlement negotiations.

Johnston George Represents the Knight Institute at Columbia University

The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University recently filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to enforce a request for formal written opinions issued by the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice. Further information and copy of the complaint.

Kathy George Honored by The Arc of King County

The Arc of King County presented Kathy George with its annual “Living Our Legacy” award at a banquet on April 8. The organization recognized her as “A public interest attorney in Washington state who is moving mountains in legislation on behalf of students with disabilities and their right to an education.”