I often characterize and describe disputes that arise in special education matters as a battle between David and Goliath. In the biblical story of David and Goliath, a Philistine giant, named Goliath, measuring over nine feet tall, and wearing full armor, mocked and challenged the Israelites to fight. The entire Israeli army was terrified of Goliath. David, a young teenager, dressed in a simple tunic, and carrying a shepherd’s staff, slingshot, and a pouch full of stones, volunteered to fight Goliath and amazingly defeated him.
Special education disputes are often a modern day story of David and Goliath. The parents are similar to David, and the school districts, are similar to Goliath. Parents typically have limited resources and understanding of the law. School districts have vast resources and power. For example, school districts are typically represented by large, sophisticated law firms in special education disputes, while parents must face these disputes alone and at their own expense. It is important to realize that with the right tools and support, parents can sometimes beat or, at the very least, resolve matters with the giant (the public school districts).