Tag Archives: IDEA

Department of Education Issues Guidance on Sufficient Communication Modalities

Posted in Student Issues
On November 12, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), and the U.S. Department of Justice distributed a joint Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) regarding schools’ responsibilities to ensure that students with hearing, vision, or speech impairments have sufficient communication modalities. This guidance… Continue Reading

Public School Advocacy Groups Seek Supreme Court Review of “Stay-Put” Placements in Private Schools

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One of the most important due process protections afforded to disabled students under the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the principle of “stay-put” or “pendency” placement. This provision prohibits school districts from changing a disabled student’s placement while there is a pending litigation. In essence, it requires the student’s placement to remain static… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Says Least-Restrictive Environment Requirement Applies to Extended-Year Placements

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On April 2, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that the least-restrictive environment requirement (LRE) under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) applies to extended school-year placements (ESY) as well as school-year placements. In T.M. v. Cornwall Central School District, Nos. 12-4301 (2d Cir. Apr. 2, 2014), a school… Continue Reading