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High Court Says Girl with Special Needs Can Sue Over School's Refusal to Allow Service Dog

The family of a girl with cerebral palsy may sue her former school district for refusing to allow her service dog as a companion in school, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled. The Michigan case revolved around whether the...more

Supreme Court’s Evolving Approach to Special Education

In Endrew F., et al. v. Douglas County School District (No. 15-827), the Supreme Court of the United States expanded on its long-standing interpretation of the substantive right to a “free appropriate public education” (known...more

U.S. Supreme Court Decides Special Education Case

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision regarding a matter of significant concern to school districts. In the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, the Supreme Court held...more

The Importance of Being Specific

by Barley Snyder on

When you’re designing an individual education program (IEP), you better be specific. That’s the message from a recent federal court case outside of Philadelphia which said that Norristown School District’s IEP for a...more

New Standard for FAPE - Program Must Allow Child to Make Progress “Appropriate in Light of Child’s Circumstances”

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The decades-old standard for what constitutes a free appropriate public education for students with disabilities was changed in an opinion issued this week by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Court created a new standard in Endrew...more

Supreme Court Increases School Standards For Students With Disabilities

by Fisher Phillips on

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

Special Education Tip – Updating the IEP – 40-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

When you hold an annual review, do not skip pages in the IEP. For instance, the Parental Input section should be different from year to year. It may be the same message, but at least change the wording....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

Utah employee had no constitutional right to continued employment

by Kirton McConkie PC on

Public employees who have a right to continued employ­ment enjoy constitutional due-process protections that run-of-the-mill at-will employees do not. How can a public employer know if one of its employees enjoys...more

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

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

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

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

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

IDEA Exhaustion Rule Applies only to Claims Specifically Involving FAPE

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

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

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

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?

by Barley Snyder on

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

Worth Another Look

Budget Theme: Schools that Teach - As he has in previous years, Governor Wolf highlighted the need for “schools that teach” in his 2017-2018 budget address. Today during his budget address, Governor Wolf stated his...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

A Cadillac, A Serviceable Chevrolet Or Something In Between: The Supreme Court Is Poised To Redefine The Standard Of Education...

On January 11, 2017, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a case likely to change the landscape of special education by redefining the level of education that is...more

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

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

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

Michigan Legislature Repeals Preferential Hiring Requirement for Special Education Personnel

by Clark Hill PLC on

On January 3, 2017, Governor Snyder signed into law Public Act 429, which is to take immediate effect. This Act repeals a somewhat obscure provision of the Michigan Revised School Code. Section 1766, MCL 380.1766, required a...more

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

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

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

OSEP Speaks Again: Ensure Your Evaluations Address All Areas of Potential Concern

On October 22, 2016, the US Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (“OSEP”), via its latest informal guidance/opinion letter (“Letter to Carroll”), once again addressed whether, once a school...more

Supreme Court to Revisit Rowley IDEA FAPE Standard for First Time in Nearly 35 Years

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

On September 29, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States agreed to hear the case of Endrew F. ex rel. Joseph F. v. Douglas County School District RE 1, Docket No. 15-187 to decide the question “What is the level of...more

Supreme Court Will Review Two Special Education Cases this Term

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

The Supreme Court currently has two important special education cases on its docket for this term. The first is Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District (10th Cir.), which will revisit the free and appropriate public...more

Helping Your Child Transition From School to Work

What will your child do after "aging out" of special education? While the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) has helped ensure that children with disabilities enjoy access to appropriate educational programs...more

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