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September 15, 2014

Racial Bias Claim in Special Education Rejected by Divided Appeals Court

Several black families had sued the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania, saying it intentionally discriminated against black students in assigning them to special education classes.

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 16, 2014

Judge Rules Against New Mexico in Special Education Funding Case

The state is trying to fight an Education Department decision that it had not put enough money into special education in the 2010-11 school year.

April 25, 2014

FDA Panel Recommends Banning Shock Devices Used at Residential School

The Judge Rotenberg Center in Massachusetts, a residential and day school for children and adults with emotional and behavioral disturbances, is the only entity in the country known to use the devices.

February 24, 2014

N.J. Enters Agreement on Inclusion for Students With Disabilities

The federal court settlement was prompted by a long-running lawsuit filed by four disability advocacy groups.

January 03, 2014

FBI Probe Finds No Misuse of Title I Funds in Providence, R.I. District

The FBI was one of several federal agencies involved in an investigation into a vocational program that was found to be improperly isolating students with intellectual disabilities.

December 18, 2013

Calif. High Court Says Districts Are Responsible for Services to Jailed Youths

Youths in county jail who are eligible for special education services must receive them from their "district of residence," the court found.

September 11, 2013

Court: Student Misidentified for Special Education Not Protected Under IDEA

An appeals court ruled that a students misidentified as needing special education services cannot seek relief under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

August 29, 2013

Hawaii Age Limit on Special Education Struck Down

The state cannot exclude students with disabilities who are 20 and 21 from public schools, according to a federal appeals court.

August 07, 2013

Pa. Group Alleges Discrimination in Alternative-School Placements

Black students and students with disabilities are being placed in "drastically inferior" education programs at a disproportionate rate, says the Education Law Center.

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