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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 19, 2015

The Charter School Lawsuit

Jack Schneider and Paul Reville discuss an impending lawsuit over the cap on charter schools in Massachusetts.

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.

December 16, 2014

Judge Dismisses Long-Running Class Action Special Education Suit Against D.C.

The Blackman-Jones case, filed in 1997, said the school system had systemic problems in meeting the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

December 16, 2014

When Should the Courts Intervene?

Jack Schneider and Andy Smarick discuss the pursuit of educational policy changes through the courts.

December 11, 2014

Lawsuit Supporting Special Education Students in New Orleans Nears Closure

The legal action, filed in 2010, alleged that New Orleans' conversion to a district dominated by charter schools largely left students with disabilities behind.

December 08, 2014

Landmark Special Ed. Case Confirming 'Zero Reject' Rule Marks 25 Years

In Timothy W. v Rochester, the court confirmed that children with the most severe handicaps are entitled to services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

November 12, 2014

Ed. Dept. Offers Guidance on Supporting Communications Needs of Students

Students with hearing, vision or speech impairments are eligible for additional protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act, says recent guidance.

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