California Special Education Law

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Personal Liability of District Employees

Can a district employee be personally liable for his or her wrongdoing?

Yes. In one California case, a district administrator was held personally liable for failing to investigate the appropriateness of a junior high school placement for a student with a specific learning disability before unilaterally transferring him there. This means that a parent can sue and recover damages from a district employee who causes direct harm to a student.

Goleta Union Elem. Sch. Dist. v. Ordway, 248 F. Supp. 2d 936 (C.D. Cal. 2002)