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Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Issues Q&A Guidance on FAPE Standard Under Endrew F.

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

As we previously reported, the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 addressed the standards by which schools must provide students with disabilities a free...more

U.S. Department of Education Assesses Implications of High Court’s Decision

by Barley Snyder on

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a Questions and Answers on the U.S. Supreme Court’s March decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District....more

Increased Focus For School Website Accessibility

by Roetzel & Andress on

Recently, website accessibility has become a hot topic for schools across the country. Over the last year, the United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights (OCR), has escalated the legal expectation that...more

More Federal School Guidance Documents Come off the Ledger

by Barley Snyder on

The federal government has wiped away a host of special education guidance documents created over the past 30 years that it deemed antiquated....more

DOE Rescinds Guidance Documents Related to Idea and Rehabilitation Act

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On February 24, 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13777. This order required Federal agencies to evaluate their existing regulations and make recommendations to the agency head regarding their repeal, replacement,...more

Bad Idea: Attorney’s Fees And The High Cost Of Ignoring Stay Put In M.R. & J.R. V. Ridley School District

A recent decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit calls to mind an automobile repair chain’s erstwhile slogan: “Pay me now, or pay me later,” although in this case, the more applicable variation...more

Web Exclusive: Supreme Court Review: Mixed Bag For Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

The 2016-17 Supreme Court term was truly a mixed bag for employers. The Court limited presidential power, reined in the appellate courts’ authority to review and overturn trial court decisions regarding EEOC subpoenas,...more

Connecticut State Department of Education Releases Lists of Due Process Hearing Officer and Mediators and New Process for...

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

After an extensive interview and hiring process, the Connecticut State Department of Education (“CSDE”), Bureau of Special Education, released last week the list of new mediators and current due process hearing officers. The...more

IDEA Exhaustion is Alive and Well: Applying Fry in Graham v. Friedlander

A Connecticut Superior Court judge has issued what might be the first decision in the country applying the United States Supreme Court’s recent test for determining whether a party is required to exhaust the administrative...more

Violation of Stay-Put Provisions Under the IDEA Can Be Costly

In what appears to be the first case of its kind within the Second Circuit, a United States District Court Judge within the District of Connecticut has crafted an order of over $200,000 in compensatory damages for a school...more

New Federal Regulations for Schools - Clarifies Language and Requirements Related to Special Education

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education published regulations to implement Rosa’s Law, legislation enacted in 2010 to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability” in federal laws. These laws include...more

Feds Align IDEA Regulations with ESSA Requirements

by Barley Snyder on

With changes to other federal regulations, the U.S. Department of Education needed to do some updating of its own rules. That came Friday morning, when the department issued final regulations under Part B and C of the...more

Special Education Tip – Let Me Speak My Mind – 53-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Let Me Speak My Mind - If you have a student who requires Assistive Technology (“AT”) (low tech or high tech) to communicate, now is the time to plan staff training in the use of the AT. The AT training should be conducted...more

Special Education Tip – The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!!! – 50-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!!! We hear a lot in the news about Russian espionage in connection with national affairs. Of equal interest for readers of Tips is espionage during IEP team meetings. Not...more

Special Education Tip - Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on the FAPE Standard - 42-2017

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

We have been eagerly awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. On March 22, 2017, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that to meet its substantive obligation under...more

March 2017: The 15 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. March 2017 was another month...more

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

Transforming Education – The DeVos Factor

by Fisher Phillips on

Now that debates have faded over the definition of student performance and whether guns in schools are necessary to protect against grizzly bears, everyone is settling into the reality that Betsy DeVos now leads our nation’s...more

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Expanding the Rights of K-12 Special Education Students

by Baker Donelson on

The United States Supreme Court has ruled students with disabilities in grades K-12 are entitled to meaningful academic progress. On March 22, 2017, the Court decided the case of Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District,...more

Higher Education Highlights - Spring 2017

On March 28, 2017, the United States Supreme Court was poised to hear Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board—a case slated to meaningfully impact the rights of transgender students under Title IX. The Court certified two...more

Client Alert - Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

On March 22, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision reassessing the standards by which schools must provide students with disabilities a free appropriate public education (FAPE) under the Individuals with Disabilities...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

Supreme Court Refines Legal Standard for Special Education

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Thirty five years ago, in Board of Education of Hendricks Hudson District v. Rowley, the Supreme Court ruled that, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, schools must provide students with an individualized...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

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