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April 22, 2016

FDA Proposal Would Ban Shock Devices at Residential School

Two years after an expert panel recommended the action, the FDA has proposed a complete ban on the use of aversive devices that deliver an electric shock to ward off aversive behaviors.

March 04, 2016

Judge Withdraws Order to Release Calif. Student Records for Special Education Suit

The California Department of Education will retain control of the student database, but plaintiffs in a case representing special education students will be able to request targeted searches of the information.

March 04, 2016

Racial Bias in Special Education: Learning About Disproportionality

The Education Department says that states need tighter guidelines on how to assess districts for racial and ethnic bias in special education. But just how are states figuring out if minorities are being shunted inappropriately to special education classes?

February 24, 2016

Chanda Smith, the Face of Los Angeles' Special Education Reform

The L.A. school district says it has made major efforts to improve special education; a lawsuit involving Smith, now a mother of four, got the ball rolling.

January 19, 2016

Supreme Court Seeks Input on Special Education Service Animal Case

The case revolves around a Michigan student with cerebral palsy who was told she could not bring her service dog to school under the terms of her individualized education program.

January 08, 2016

Alleged Gagging, Binding of Student Is Not Constitutional Violation, Court Rules

An Ohio teacher's alleged actions, "albeit misguided," could be pedagogically justified, according to a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, in Cincinnati.

December 30, 2015

Your Favorite Special Education Posts of 2015

A wide variety of posts engaged readers of this blog in 2015, including posts about federal guidance, teaching, and special education law.

October 15, 2015

Reducing Special Education Lawsuits May Mean Focusing on Certain States, Not IDEA

A report finds that a relatively small group of states and jurisdictions are responsible for most of the legal actions under federal special education law, and the authors suggest that reforms be focused on those areas.

October 09, 2015

Justice Department Weighs in on Kentucky Restraint Case

A court must determine if an officer's use of cuffs on two elementary school students was reasonable based on the threat they posed, says the Justice Department.

August 11, 2015

Kentucky Officer in Handcuffing Incident Complied With School Policy, District Says

An independent investigator hired by the Covington, Ky school district says that a school resource officer who handcuffed two elementary students acted properly, within a law enforcement capacity.

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