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Supreme Court Increases School Standards For Students With Disabilities

IEPs Must Meet “Markedly More Demanding” Standard From Now On This week, in a unanimous decision crafted by Chief Justice John Roberts, the Supreme Court decided that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act...more

The Supreme Court - March, 2017 #3

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases today: Czyzewski v. Jevic Holding Corp., No. 15-649: Respondent Jevic Transportation filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This spawned two lawsuits. ...more

Supreme Court sends lower courts back to work on FAPE

While stopping short of establishing a bright-line rule, the U.S. Supreme Court came very close in evaluating whether a local educational agency has offered a student a free and appropriate education (FAPE). The Court...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standards for Free Appropriate Public Education

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision today on the appropriate standard for determining what constitutes a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) in Endrew F. v. Douglas Cty. Sch. Dist. RE-1,...more

The Endrew Decision: A Better Educational Standard for Special Needs Students.

March 22, 2017 will go down as a good day for parents, like me, who have a child in the public education system who has special needs. In a time when many of the exceptional children's programs in this state and in this...more

Supreme Court Clarifies FAPE Standard in Endrew F. Case

For the first time in nearly 35 years, the Supreme Court of the United States has addressed the legal standard by which courts determine whether a school district has provided a student with a disability a “free appropriate...more

US Supreme Court Determines Scope of the Administrative Exhaustion Requirement Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education...

In Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-497, 2017 WL 685533 (U.S. Feb. 22, 2017), the United States Supreme Court held that administrative exhaustion under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act was unnecessary...more

A Kindergarten Student and Her Dog Named Wonder: What Rights Do Students Have To Service Animals In The Classroom?

What are the parameters for requiring schools to accommodate students’ service animals in the classroom? The United States Supreme Court recently turned prior thinking on this issue on its head, finding that even though a...more

Wonder of Wonders – Supreme Court Opens Door for More Litigation in Cases Involving 504 and the ADA

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools et al. A school district had prohibited a student from bringing her service dog, Wonder, to school with her. So the family filed...more

Supreme Court Update: Life Technologies Corp. V. Promega Corp. (14-1538), Fry V. Napoleon Community Schools (15-497), Buck V....

Greetings, Court Fans! Last time we hit your inboxes, Barack Obama was President. To call the ensuing month eventful is something of an understatement. We've seen a primetime Supreme Court nomination, a flood of...more

Supreme Court Rules Title II and Section 504 Claims Can Proceed to Court Without Exhausting IDEA’s Administrative Processes In...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Fry v. Napoleon Comm. Schools limits IDEA’s exhaustion requirement to those cases which seek relief for a denial of FAPE allowing for some claims brought under Title II...more

Supreme Court Rules that Title II and Section 504 Claims Can Proceed to Court Without Exhausting IDEA Administrative Process If...

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Supreme Court has clarified IDEA’s exhaustion requirement to allow claims brought on behalf of IDEA eligible students to proceed directly in court unless the “gravamen” of the complaint seeks relief...more

IDEA Exhaustion Rule Applies only to Claims Specifically Involving FAPE

On February 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an important decision concerning the legal remedies that parents have when they feel their disabled child is being ill-served by a school district. This decision discusses...more

Wonder the Goldendoodle Service Dog Isn’t the Question, Exhaustion Is

A U.S. Supreme Court decision handed down Wednesday goes much further than whether a Michigan kindergartener can bring Wonder, her goldendoodle service dog, to school or not. The Court determined the family of the...more

Supreme Court Rules That Parents Need Not Exhaust IDEA Due Process Procedures for Non-FAPE Disability Discrimination Claims

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-487 (2017), which addressed the issue of when a parent who brings a claim against a school district...more

Supreme Court Holds IDEA Exhaustion Required When Crux of Complaint Is a Denial of FAPE

The Supreme Court issued its opinion in Fry v. Napoleon yesterday. The case asked the court to interpret the IDEA provision stating that the Act does not limit the rights or remedies available under the Americans with...more

SCOTUS Service Dog Decision Could Spell Bad News For Schools

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that a disabled child’s parents were not legally required to jump through certain additional hoops and exhaust administrative remedies in a service animal dispute...more

Supreme Court Decides Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools

On February 22, 2017, the United States Supreme Court decided Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools, No. 15-497, holding that a plaintiff need not exhaust administrative procedures under the Individuals with Disabilities...more

The Scope of the IDEA Statute: How Far Must Local School Districts Go In Providing A “Free And Appropriate” Public Education?

Say what you will about the Roberts Court, but you cannot say it does not confront diffi cult issues that impact the everyday lives of most Americans. One of those issues presently before the Court is public education,...more

How Are You Handling Parents Who Might Not Speak English?

A recent Philadelphia court decision is a welcome reminder for Barley Snyder client school districts to know what is required of them when it comes to dealing with families where the parents or guardians of a student do not...more

U.S. Supreme Court Deliberates Important Special Education Case

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could affect the education of millions of students with disabilities, and the public schools that provide services to these students. In the case of...more

Oral Argument Presented in Supreme Court Case Addressing the Level of Educational Benefit that must be Provided under IDEA

On January 11, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Endrew F. ex rel. Joseph F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Docket No. 15-187, to address the level of benefit a schools must confer on...more

U.S. Department of Education Issues New Guidance Interpreting Civil Rights Laws Protecting Students with Disabilities

Regulators have given school districts new guidance on how to remain compliant with federal laws concerning services to students with disabilities thanks to some year-end agency filings. U.S. Department of Education...more

Office for Civil Rights Issues Dear Colleague Letter: Restraint and Seclusion of Students With Disabilities

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued four guidance documents concerning students with disabilities. Along with two frequently asked questions documents concerning students...more

New Guidance Issued by the Department of Education on the Rights of Students with Disabilities

At the end of last month, the Department of Education released three new sets of guidance on the federal civil rights laws that govern students with disabilities. All three offer valuable information about current and...more

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