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Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: The Education Committee Speaks

Before the deadline for committee action, the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee a plethora of bills. Among the most noteworthy were: 1) a bill that would delay the...more

Separate and Unequal

Unlike people, not all schools are created equal. Anyone who doubts that need only review the results of the Civil Rights Data Collection [“CRDC”] for the 2011-2012 school year, which were released on March 21, 2014 by...more

Connecticut State Department of Education Due Process Hearing Decisions for the 2013 Calendar Year: A Summary

During 2013, the State Department of Education handled approximately 239 requests for due process hearings to resolve issues with student special education programs. Of those requests, only a small minority were resolved by a...more

Capital Thinking: Education

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY - Charter schools - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced last week that he would visit a charter school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania today to deliver a policy speech about...more

The U.S. Department of Education Continues Its War on Bullying - “Dear Colleague” Letter Focuses on Protecting Students with...

A school district’s failure to properly address bullying of students with disabilities could result in a denial of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for those students. This is the message clearly conveyed to school...more

Department of Education Publishes Court-Mandated Changes to Misrepresentation Rule

Earlier today, the Department of Education (Department) published a Federal Register notice (the official publication will likely be tomorrow) amending the misrepresentation rule that was published on October 29, 2010 as part...more

DOE Releases “Dear Colleague Letter” On School District Responsibilities To Address Bullying Of Students With Disabilities

On August 20, 2013, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) released a “Dear Colleague Letter” providing an overview of school districts’ responsibilities under the Individuals with Disabilities...more

Impact of Legislation on BOE Policies

This Alert provides a general explanation of the recent legislative enactments that impact board of education policies. ...more

Chicago School Closings Update

The injunction hearing regarding the closings of around 50 Chicago Public Schools began Tuesday July 16 and continued through Friday July 19, 2013. ...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 3: Alabama Trust Fund Repayment Bill Passes

The sixth and seventh legislative days of the Alabama Legislature's Regular Session saw the first bill passed by both houses and on its way to Governor Robert Bentley for his signature. As week three closed, priority...more

Addressing the Maintenance Backlog in Victorian Schools – is a PPP the Answer?

The results of the audit report into Victorian schools announced on 20 February 2013 revealed a AUD420 million maintenance backlog with over 5,000 school buildings identified as falling below the standards set by Department...more

OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter Regarding 2008 Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments

On January 19, 2012, the US Department of Education’s (“DOE”) Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) issued a Dear Colleague letter and Questions and Answers regarding the impact of the 2008 amendments to Americans with Disabilities...more

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