Weekly Question!

We are now running a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series? Are you enjoying the series?
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IES Releases Grant Competitions in Education and Special Education Research and Training for FY 2016

Logo (1)Wednesday April 15, The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released FY2016 funding announcements for grant competitions in education and special education research and training. The competitions that were released included: 

•           Education Research Grants (84.305A);
•           Special Education Research Grants (84.324A);
•           Research Training Programs in the Education Sciences (84.305B);
•           Research Training Programs in Speci (Read more...)

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Special Ed Law 101 – Part III #SpecialEdLaw101

In the previous posts in this series we have looked at the sources of special education law and discussed the critical concept of FAPE.  Today we look at some important decisions by U. S. Courts of Appeal taking FAPE in some interesting directions:

In Deal v. Hamilton County 392 F.3d 840, 42 IDELR 109 (6th Cir. 1//16/04), the Sixth Circuit held that where the school district had already predetermined the student’s program and services before the IEP Team meeting, the parents were denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the IEP process.  Accordingly, the district denied FAPE for the student.   

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Special Ed Law 101 – Part III #SpecialEdLaw101

In the previous posts in this series we have looked at the sources of special education law and discussed the critical concept of FAPE.  Today we look at some important decisions by U. S. Courts of Appeal taking FAPE in some interesting directions:

In Deal v. Hamilton County 392 F.3d 840, 42 IDELR 109 (6th Cir. 1//16/04), the Sixth Circuit held that where the school district had already predetermined the student’s program and services before the IEP Team meeting, the parents were denied the opportunity to meaningfully participate in the IEP process.  Accordingly, the district denied FAPE for the student.   

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Is jail the right placement for Aaron?

In “The Nightmare Outcome of a Son’s Mental Illness,” Abby Sewell recounted the story of Aaron Hernandez’s history of temporary, involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations that culminated in him being incarcerated for brutally attacking his parents. For the first time in his 19 years, Aaron began taking medication regularly while in jail and, Ms. Sewell wrote, writing […]
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CEC Tells Senate to Support Students With Exceptionalities in ESEA

Capitol_Building_Side2Chairman Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Murray (D-WA) have shared a new bipartisan draft bill to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. While the bill does include some important provisions that support students  with disabilities, the bill does not go far enough. In fact, high ability students and preschool children are ignored in the bill. In addition, provisions and  resources for professionals are not sufficient to ensure a well prepared and supported workforce. 

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015 the bill will be marked up by the Senate Health, Education , Labor, and Pensions Committee. It is expected that the markup will take several days with many amendment (Read more...)

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NCII and NCSI Co-Host Upcoming Webinar on Tiered Interventions

OseplogoAs part of the new Results Driven Accountability (RDA) initiative the Office of Special Education Programs (OESP) launched the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) to help states transform their systems for supporting students with disabilities. Together with NCSI, the National Center on Intensive Intervention (NCII) will host the webinar, Results Driven Accountability and Intensive Intervention: Using MTSS to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities on Wednesday April 22nd, from 3:00-4:15 EST.

State education agency staff, district leaders, special educators, classroom teachers, interventionists, school psychologists, instructional coaches, and technical assistance provide (Read more...)

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OSERS Joins Twittter

Twitter_logo_blueThe Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) now has a twitter account. Follow them at ED_Sped_Rehab to get the most up to date news and information from the department. 

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Weekly Question!

We are now running a new series which is an updated version of our previous series: An Introduction To Special Education Law. Are there any topics that we have not covered in the past that you would like to see in this Special Ed Law 101 Series? Are you enjoying the series?
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Frances Partridge Connor

Frances Partridge Connor, an influential figure across many aspects of special education, passed away 28 March 2015 in Boca Raton, FL. She was the Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Education at Teachers College of Columbia University in New York (NY, US). For many decades, Professor Connor had been an influential figure in the practice […]
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