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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.

August 04, 2015

Kentucky Restraint Lawsuit Focuses Attention on School Resource Officers

Kentucky recently adopted a policy that prohibits the use of restraint and seclusion by school resource officers, but includes a loophole for "lawful exercise of law enforcement duties."

August 03, 2015

Handcuffing of Students In Kentucky District Prompts ACLU Lawsuit

A school resource officer in a suburb of Cincinnati is accused of violating the rights of two elementary school students with disabilities by handcuffing them.

May 18, 2015

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Challenge to 'Stay Put' Ruling

The Monday action by the Supreme Court follows a recommendation from the Obama administration that the high court not take up the case, which involved a private school placement.

April 06, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case on Race and Special Education

Black parents in the Pennsylvania district of Lower Merion had argued the district disproportionately enrolled black students in special education.

March 18, 2015

Appeals Court Rules Districts Cannot Sue States in Special Education Disputes

Parents are able to appeal due-process decisions to a federal court, but districts have no such right when they have disputes with state departments of education, according to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

March 10, 2015

School Boards Group Disputes Recent Guidance on Communication Supports

The federal government is using a California special education case to try to create guidance that applies to every state, says the National School Boards Association.

February 13, 2015

Federal Appeals Court to Hear Case Involving Sexual-Harassment Sting

A judge dismissed a case brought by a student who says she was raped by a classmate in a botched attempt to catch him sexually harassing her, but an Atlanta appeals court has agreed to rehear the issue.

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