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United States Supreme Court Defines Standard For Special Education: Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1

In a unanimous decision, the United States Supreme Court held that the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires school districts to provide special education students with “an educational...more

Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 3/27-3/31

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week...more

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

Kansas Supreme Court Declares School Funding Formula Constitutionally Inadequate, Gives Legislature Until June 30 to Enact New...

Earlier this month, the Kansas Supreme Court issued an opinion in Gannon v. Kansas holding that the state’s current system of funding public education was inadequate under the state's constitution. The Court relied primarily...more

Gov. Haslam Proposes to Establish School Transportation Supervisor Program

Gov. Haslam's proposed legislation to establish a school transportation supervisor program passed out of the House Transportation Committee this week. The program sets up monitoring and oversight of transportation services...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #3

Dear Legal Mailbag: It seems that we cannot turn on the television these days without hearing the ongoing debate about travel bans, immigration reform and the presence of undocumented foreign nationals in this country....more

Georgia Weekly Legislative Update - March 2017 #2

The General Assembly listed through a brief period of calm last week, a resetting of sorts after the drama of Crossover Day. Most of the legislation that advanced, either in committee or on the floor, did so on broad...more

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017 #2

Dear Legal Mailbag: As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, I am reminded that we are approaching that time of the year – non-renewal season. But I am always afraid that I will be challenged if I recommend...more

The Supreme Court Will Not Hear Landmark Transgender Student Case

The wait for a final resolution of the legal issues surrounding transgender students will be extended as the result of a decision yesterday by the United State Supreme Court in the landmark case, Gloucester County School Bd....more

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Bathroom Case to Lower Court

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would not entertain arguments in GG v. Gloucester County School Board, a case that would have been the Court’s first significant opportunity to weigh in on gender identity...more

Supreme Court Remands Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., Will Not Hear Transgender Student’s Case

The Supreme Court will not review the Fourth Circuit’s decision in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. despite agreeing in October 2016 to do so. The Fourth Circuit’s decision in favor of G.G., a transgender Virginia high...more

News from the Vermont State House - An analysis from DRM's Government & Public Affairs Team - March 2017

House Commerce Considers Independent Contractors, Again - Vermont's business community continues to plead with lawmakers to update the statute defining independent contractors, arguing that current law is costly and...more

Officials’ Top 10 Things to Remember About Public Participation in Local Government

As the national political climate heated up recently, some local governments are facing spillover effects, with local and sometimes even out-of-town activists and provocateurs attending city council, school board and other...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

CAS Legal Mailbag Question of the Week – March, 2017

Dear Legal Mailbag: I am sick and tired of parents who think that middle school education is unimportant. Every spring, I receive a spate of emails from parents notifying me that they will be taking their children out of...more

Obama-Era Guidance on Transgender Student Rights Reversed by Departments of Education and Justice

On February 22, 2017, President Donald Trump’s administration issued a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter that formally rescinded the Obama administration’s interpretation of transgender student rights as an extension of Title...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

February 2017: The 12 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

The world of labor and employment law is always evolving at a rapid pace, leading us to summarize a few of the most significant cases from the previous month. February 2017 was another month that saw dramatic developments,...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

Is dismissal for showing an 18-rated film to pupils disability discrimination where an employer does not know the employee's...

This difficult question arose in City of York Council v. Grosset UKEAT/0015/16. Mr Grosset, a teacher and head of English at a school ran by City of York Council, suffered from cystic fibrosis. He was disabled within the...more

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