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June 30, 2009

Milwaukee Judge Orders Compensatory Special Education

A ruling in a long-running lawsuit will require the district to track down former students who weren't properly provided special education services.

June 22, 2009

A Roundup of Supreme Court/Forest Grove News

Early reaction frames the court decision as a win for parents.

May 29, 2009

Congressional Researchers Weigh In on Special Education Case Law

Many of you may already be familiar with the Government Accountability Office, the congressional "watchdog" agency that recently released a report on restraints and seclusion. Less well-known is the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which communicates directly with Congress. Though funded...

April 28, 2009

Supreme Court Hears Case on Private-Placement Reimbursement

Is a student who never received special education services in his home school district eligible to be reimbursed for getting such services at a private school? The Supreme Court hears the case.

February 24, 2009

Parents Prevail in Long-Running Suit

A few months after I started this blog, I came across the news of a due-process hearing in a small district in Michigan. What caught my attention was that the father of the student at the center of the case was also a school board member of the district he was suing. Also, the 150-student district, ...

January 05, 2009

Around the Web

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm taking a reporting trip this week that will have me posting lightly until Jan. 12 (teaser: it involves RTI!) But you won't have to go without special education reading. Here's some blog posts I have picked up in the past few days: Jay P. Greene, a senior fellow at th...

August 18, 2008

Back to School -- the Basics

I like to think of my readers as graduate-level experts on special education, but a little refresher never hurts: This site has some nice basic information about what disabilities are covered under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and what rights are due to a child with a disability....

August 11, 2008

Juvenile Justice and Youth with Disabilities

The New York Times pulled no punches in an Aug. 8 editorial published Aug. 8: Many of America’s juvenile jails would be empty if the public schools obeyed federal law and provided disabled children with the special instruction that they need. The editorial was based on a report from the Texas Yo...

August 08, 2008

Law Day

I don't want On Spec Ed to turn into a special education law blog, because many have staked out that ground quite well, as you can see by checking my blogroll. But I've happened to run across a handful of interesting law-related items: My colleague Mark Walsh wrote today about an appeals court ru...

July 30, 2008

The Ironclad IEP

Or is it? Special education law blogger Jim Gerl posted today about a September 2007 case decided in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that says that districts do not violate the IDEA unless they have "materially failed" to implement a student's individualized education program. (The ...

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