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New Special Education Procedural Safeguards

Monday, 10 April 2017 13:30

PapersYou know that huge packet of boring legal information the school district gives you at the end of your IEP meetings? You likely have multiple copies at home. Well, it’s changing. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has issued a new procedural safeguards notice. Instead of the “Whose IDEA is This?” notice, you will soon begin receiving A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education. Districts must switch over to the new document no later than August 1st, 2017.

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Update: School Refuses to Allow Service Dog

Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:43

goldendoodleRemember the little girl with cerebral palsy that wasn’t allowed to bring her guide dog to school in Michigan? The family sued the school district and the case was thrown out because the family didn’t first try to resolve the matter administratively by filing due process under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) laws. The family argued that it was not an IDEA claim, it was an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) claim, so they should be able to go straight to court.   It got all the way to the US Supreme Court on appeal, and the US Supreme Court just ruled

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Transgender Student Restroom Policies in Schools

Monday, 27 February 2017 15:10

restroomShould a transgender student be permitted to use a restroom or locker room consistent with his/her gender identity? Is a school district permitted to establish a policy that would require students to use restrooms/locker rooms consistent with only their birth gender?

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Supreme Court Considers Important Special Education Issue

Friday, 13 January 2017 09:40

scotus-seal 10830258The United States Supreme Court is trying to determine exactly what level of benefit a public school is required to provide to its students with disabilities in order to comply with the Federal IDEA. Does a school have to show that each student is making “substantial progress?” Or “meaningful progress?”

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