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Our Latest Video Blogs
Children (people up to and including the age of 21 who have not received a high school diploma) with disabilities that interfere with their educational progress are entitled special education and related services, including transition planning and transition services beyond the age of 18. When young adults complete their secondary education many continue their education in… Read More
In the case of Sylvia v. Rivera, school officials, including, among others, school superintendent, football coaches, and school principal, moved to strike several counts of a student’s complaint which alleged that the student was taunted, assaulted, and injured by the school’s football players. The complaint further alleged that the school officials knew of the taunting and… Read More
In the case of Silano v. Board of Education, a special education elementary school student and his parents filed a ten-count complaint against a board of education and its employees, alleging negligence and recklessness resulted in the student being harassed at public school and on a school bus. The school board asserted the student’s claims were barred by… Read More
Special Education Law & the “Individualized Education Program” Special education laws give children with disabilities and their parents important rights. Specifically, the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives families of special education children the right to: have their child assessed or tested to determine special education eligibility and needs inspect and review school… Read More
Both IEPs and 504 plans are mandated by federal law and the processes for reporting and resolving complaints about how the laws are implemented are specified in federal regulations. Thus, states and school districts have limited discretion in implementing processes for resolving complaints about the plans and procedures vary only slightly from state to state.… Read More
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) articulate rigorous grade-level expectations in the areas of mathematics and English language arts. These standards identify the knowledge and skills students need in order to be successful in college and careers. Students with disabilities―students eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)―must be challenged to excel within the… Read More
Finality of the Special Education Due Process Hearing Decision A decision made in a special education due process hearing (including a hearing relating to disciplinary procedures) is final, except that any party involved in the hearing (you or the school district) may appeal the decision by bringing a civil action to either State Court of… Read More
Any individual or organization (the “complainant”) may submit to the Connecticut State Department of Education a written complaint that claims that a Connecticut education agency, as defined in this document, has failed to comply with a requirement of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) or with a requirement of the Connecticut laws regarding special… Read More
If your child has learning and attention issues and is struggling in school, you may be curious about a 504 plan. If your child does not qualify for an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 plan may be a good alternative. This type of plan falls under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. This… Read More
A due process hearing is a legal proceeding that ensures fairness in the decision-making process regarding your child’s special education needs. As a parent, if you disagree with a proposed or refused action pertaining to your child’s education, you or the school district may initiate a due process hearing to resolve the disagreement. An expedited… Read More