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May 20, 2010

Georgia Weighs Rules on Restraint and Seclusion

The Georgia Board of Education has proposed new rules about the use of restraint and seclusion in schools that could be approved as early as its July meeting. The proposed rules would prohibit the use of seclusion, chemical restraints such as prescription drugs, mechanical restraints, or prone rest...

April 21, 2010

Judge Ends 26-Year Special Education Suit in Baltimore

A federal judge signed a joint settlement agreement Monday, putting an end to a 26-year-old special education lawsuit in Baltimore City. U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis signed the agreement, which concludes court oversight of the schools, noting that Baltimore City Public Schools made significant...

April 09, 2010

Appeals Court Upholds Hawaii Teacher Furlough Days

A federal appeals court Monday upheld budget-driven Hawaii teacher furlough days from a lawsuit on behalf of special education students whose parents claimed they would be harmed by lack of instructional days, the Honolulu Advertiser reports. The Advertiser quoted this excerpt from the Ninth U.S. ...

March 10, 2010

Settlement Reached in Baltimore Special Ed. Case

A federal judge on Monday granted preliminary approval of the settlement of a 26-year old special education lawsuit in Baltimore, the Baltimore Sun reports. The settlement would end court oversight in July and end the lawsuit by September 2012, if certain requirements are met. The state will conti...

February 04, 2010

House Committee OKs Bill on Restraint and Seclusion

The House Education and Labor Committee signs off on a measure that would set the first federal safety standards for schools using the techniques.

November 10, 2009

Federal Judge Refuses to Block Furlough Days in Hawaii

Lawyers for parents of students in special education to appeal the decision.

October 29, 2009

Parents of Spec. Ed. Students Sue Over Hawaii 'Furlough Fridays'

Hawaii may have to lay off "thousands" of education department employees, if a cost-saving plan for furlough days is blocked by a federal judge, school officials said in an article in the Honolulu Advertiser. Today is the second of 17 "furlough Fridays" when schools will close in the state. A jud...

October 22, 2009

Partial Settlement Reached in Ohio Special Education Lawsuit

The deal is designed to end the disparities in services across districts in Ohio.

October 19, 2009

Hawaii 'Furlough Fridays' May Prompt Lawsuit on Behalf of Spec. Ed. Students

Hawaii's plan to reduce costs by closing public schools for 17 "furlough" Fridays this year may prompt a federal class action on behalf of special education students, reports the Honolulu Advertiser. "While we are not anxious to file a lawsuit," Eric Seitz, a Honolulu lawyer, told the paper, he wil...

September 08, 2009

Ed. Dept. Gives Guidance on Providing Special Education During a Swine Flu Outbreak

The department suggests that school officials consider ways of providing educational materials in accessible formats or through the use of auxiliary aids and services in order for a student with a disability to participate in a distance-learning program.

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