I have testified in IEP
meetings, administrative law hearings, and mediations. I have also appeared in circuit court as well as
Two judges' remarks about my
#1. Case in which the judge agreed that the student in question did
not meet the criteria for mental retardation or intellectual disability and awarded the parents tuition for a
Although Dr. Meek's
conclusions were contrary to those of the school team, I do not believe she arrived at them cavalierly, or simply
because she had been engaged by the parents. Dr. Meek spoke frankly when she said that when she arranged to
evaluate the student she didn't know whether she would have to confirm the findings of the school team or not. Dr.
Meek understood that, depending on the student's scores, she might have to agree with the school psychologist and
inform the parents that despite their disappointment, the school team was correct. I have no doubt that, had she
needed to, Dr. Meek would have informed the parents, in typically taciturn fashion, that the student met the
criteria for Mental Retardation and should be placed in the LFI program.
Case #2. Case in which the judge agreed that
the student in question was erroneously placed in an LFI or non-diploma program. The parents were awarded
damages for 2 years of lost learning time.
With all due respect to (MCPS
School Psychologist), who is a school psychologist and who testified as an expert in school psychology with an
emphasis on autism spectrum disorders, her testimony about Dr. Meek's report does not cause me to question Dr.
Meek's ultimate conclusion about (student's) cognitive ability and her ability to pursue a diploma.
Dr. Meek is an expert in
psychology who worked for many years for MCPS. She is currently retired from MCPS and in private practice conducting
psychological testing. Her credentials are
unassailable and, absent compelling evidence to the contrary, I accept her findings and her ultimate conclusions about (the student).