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September 30, 2014

Watchdog Agency Suggests Improvements for Due Process Procedures

The U.S. Government Accountability Office's report notes that many due process hearings take longer than 45 days to resolve, because of extensions granted by hearing officers.

July 29, 2014

Special Education Administrators Urge Supreme Court Review of 'Stay Put' Ruling

Allowing students to potentially stay in private schools until all appeals are exhausted could be an expensive prospect for many districts, argues the National Association of State Directors of Special Education.

May 15, 2014

A Few States Spawn Most Complaints on Special Education, Says Study

Concern about special education lawsuits is widespread, but complaints are common only in a handful of states, according to a longitudinal analysis of due process complaints.

November 05, 2012

After 30 Years of Special Ed. Law, How Far Have We Really Come?

Talking with a group of foreigners about the U.S. special education system recently, I wondered how well the American system really works.

May 01, 2012

Proposals for Reforming Special Education Law

An attorney might propose ways to reform the law—due for reauthorization for several years now—that are beneficial to that profession. But that's anything but the gist of these suggestions.

November 21, 2011

Do Parents of Children With Autism File More Lawsuits?

As the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased over the last few years, new research finds these students are disproportionately involved in lawsuits about whether they are getting a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive setting as required by federal law.

December 23, 2010

Free Resource Thursday: Four States Praised For Dispute Resolution

A group that monitors special education dispute resolution said these states focused on resolving complaints early.

February 02, 2009

Family of Disabled Student Says District Failed to Prepare Him for College

Here's an interesting story out of Olathe, Kansas, about a family of an 18-year-old senior filing for due process because their son's IEP goals didn't include a goal of "a favorable ACT score that would facilitate his transition to a four-year college.” The student, Dustin Villareal, has a somewha...

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