Special Education Blog

November 21, 2019

What if I DON’T Want my Child to Graduate?  

Does a school’s FAPE obligations end when my son graduates? 

Believe it or not, the answer is sometimes NO.  It’s true that generally, once a student reaches 21 (or 22 depending upon the state) or graduates, whichever com...

November 13, 2018

Temperatures are dropping.  Snow is falling.  Could it be that time of the year again?  Yep, you guessed it.  Time to think about Summer School!  [We’ll get back to why we need to think about this now that the leaves are off the trees].  To be more precise, it’s called...

March 22, 2017

In a unanimous opinion today, the Supreme Court held that “to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act], a school must offer an IEP [individualized education program] reasonably calculated to enable a child to make pro...

December 29, 2016

On December 28, 2016, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights ("OCR") provided school districts with guidance on how the use of restraint and seclusion may result in discrimination against students with disabilities, thereby violating Section 504 of...

June 20, 2016

On May 24 2016, an amended complaint was filed against the New York City Department of Education ("DOE")  for failing to do enough to address bullying and violence in its schools.  Under pressure from New York State, the DOE has put into place several regulations meant...

June 3, 2016

Parents often ask me how much progress their children with disabilities are "expected" to make for Districts to be compliant with FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).  I tell them that the Supreme Court has determined that Districts must provide enough special edu...

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