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Questions and Answers (Q&A) on U. S. Supreme Court Case Decision Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1

On March 22, 2017 the U.S. Supreme Court (sometimes referred to as Court) issued a unanimous opinion in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1, 137 S. Ct. 988. In that case, the Court interpreted the scope of the free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Read more>

Director's Corner

I have been thinking about what to write for this month’s column for quite some time. Given our theme this month of law and parents’ rights and the fact that I am a lawyer you would think it would be easy, but it’s not. For one thing there are so many issues it’s hard to settle on just one. But more importantly the fact is that the law in this area doesn’t always work they way we think so it’s often not enough to just talk about what the law says. Often we need to look at how it really works. Learn more>

Special Education Concerns Rise As School Districts Grapple With State Cuts

The state's budget crisis is hitting Connecticut schools hard, and special education programs might also be feeling the pain, even though these services are protected by federal law. Paraprofessionals across the state say that schools are not fully staffing these positions, which are often used in the classroom to aid students with disabilities. And that could violate students’ rights to a free and appropriate public education, which is codified in federal law. Read the full article>>

August 2017 E-Newsletter Correction

Correction: Our August e-news included an article from Disability Scoop entitled “Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations.” The article included a list of states that had received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education stating they had met their obligations to students with disabilities. The list incorrectly did not include Connecticut. View the corrected list provided by the Office of Special Education Programs.

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