Monthly Legal Update

February 2021 Legal Update

This month’s update identifies recent court decisions of general significance, specifically addressing (a) FAPE and the remedy of compensatory education, and (b) FAPE and the remedy of tuition reimbursement, along with an added flourish under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Download the update and read more.

Monthly Legal Update, Special Supplement

Special Supplement: Section 504 Prevalence Rates per School (and Overall State, District, and School Analyses)

Based on the recently issued CRDC data for the 2017-18 school year, this Special Supplement provides the reported percentage of "504-only" students in each school in the country with at least 250 students.  For separate analyses of the 504 rates at the state, school district, and school level, respectively, in terms of the overall high… Continue reading Special Supplement: Section 504 Prevalence Rates per School (and Overall State, District, and School Analyses)

Monthly Legal Update

January 2021 Legal Update

This month’s update identifies recent court decisions of general significance, specifically addressing (a) FAPE via another case in the direct line after Endrew F., and (b) employee rights emanating from the special education context, here via the case of a terminated teacher during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Download the update and read more.

Special Supplement

COVID-19 Guidance and Case Law: Late Fall Update

November 19, 2020 The pandemic continues, and the ultimate two-part question for parents and school districts still remains open-ended: (a) has the district denied FAPE to the eligible child and, if so, (b) what is the resulting relief, including any compensatory education? In the meantime, the issue for IDEA adjudications keeps reappearing in a potentially… Continue reading COVID-19 Guidance and Case Law: Late Fall Update

Monthly Legal Update

October 2020 Legal Update

This month’s update identifies recent court decisions of general significance, specifically addressing the questions of (a) whether a functional behavioral assessment (FBA) qualifies as an evaluation under the IDEA, and (b) to what extent a school nurse’s advocacy on behalf of students with disabilities provides legal protection from adverse employment action. Download the update and… Continue reading October 2020 Legal Update

Special Supplement

COVID-19 Guidance and Case Law: Early Fall Update

September 17, 2020 Remaining as unsettled as the pandemic, the primary two-part question arising under the IDEA and Section 504 as a result of COVID-19 continues to be: (a) has the district denied FAPE to the eligible child and, if so, (b) what is the resulting relief, typically but not exclusively in the form of… Continue reading COVID-19 Guidance and Case Law: Early Fall Update