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Judge, jury to decide dispute between Bethlehem Area School District, mom

PHILADELPHIA - A dispute between the Bethlehem Area School District and a parent over her two children is now in the hands of a federal judge and jury.

Bethlehem Area School District and Diana Zhou are suing each other over a series of complaints Zhou brought about her sons' educations.

The district claims Zhou complained relentlessly in an effort to force the district to pay for private school. Zhou claims the district's demand for legal fees is retaliation for her advocacy.

The district sued Zhou in 2009, saying she improperly used special education laws to drive up costs and make paying for private school attractive to cost-conscious administrators.

Zhou's attorney says her client is a concerned mother who wanted her sons to receive the education they're entitled to.

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