This month’s legal alert focuses on two recent cases with costly consequences, one arising from a student’s concussion (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District v. Mr. and Mrs. W. (2018)), and the other, the failure to have the IEP ready at the start of the school year (School District of Philadelphia v. Kirsch (2018)).
December’s legal alert summarizes two recent court decisions that respectively focus on (a) when districts are liable for the attorneys’ fees of parents in IDEA cases (H.E. v. Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School (2017)), and (b) when the state education agencies are subject to suit for the complaint procedures mechanism for IDEA dispute resolution (Valenzuela v. Torlakson (Cal. Super. Ct. Oct. 25, 2017)).
November’s legal alert summarizes two recent federal appeals court decisions that respectively illustrate the scope of (a) the Section 504/ADA non-interference protection for special education personnel (Frakes v. Peoria School District No. 150 (2017)), and (b) the “prevailing party” status of parents for IDEA attorneys’ fees (Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning Partners Charter School (2017)).