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1. Parents Prevail in ABA Case, Costs Could Exceed Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars
On May 26, 2006, U. S. District Court Judge Robert Payne issued an extensive pro-child decision in Henrico County School Board v. R. T., a tuition reimbursement case on behalf of a child with autism. The judge found that the school system knowingly and repeatedly failed to provide an appropriate educational program for a young child with autism.
2. Analysis of Henrico School Board v. R. T. by Pete Wright
R. T. is a child with autism. In the Fall of 2002, his parents removed him from the public school special education program and placed him into the Faison School.
3. IDEA 2004 Regs Update (05/31/06)
We just learned that the IDEA 2004 regulations have left the Department of Education and are being reviewed by the Office of Management and Budget.
Pursuant to deadlines set by the rules, the final regulations are likely to be published in August 2006. However, exceptions can be invoked that may lead to further delays.
4. California Supreme Court Reinstates Exit Exam for Class of 2006
In 1999, the California Legislature passed legislation that requires students to pass exit exams in English and math before graduating from high school. The Class of 2006 is the first class to be affected by this requirement.
Last week, the California Supreme Court overturned a lower court ruling and reinstated the exit exam requirement - at least temporarily. This ruling will affect 47,000 seniors who have not passed the exit exam. The court will accept briefs and hear oral arguments on the exit exam later this summer.
5. Summer Schedule: Wrightslaw Programs in PA, DE, FL, GA, TX, KY
Wrightslaw offers a variety of special education law and advocacy programs taught by experts in the field of special education law and advocacy, including four free programs in Florida (but you must act fast)!
The Summer 2006 schedule includes these programs:
June 7: Wilkes-Barre, PA - Special Education Advocacy Training with Pat Howey,;sponsored by Supporting Autism and Families Everywhere - SAFE.
June 14: Rehoboth Beach, DE - Special Ed Law & Advocacy Training with Pete and Pam Wright at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel; sponsored by The Arc of Delaware. SOLD OUT!
July 11, 2006 - Tallahassee (Leon County Dept of Health) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 13, 2006 - Tampa (Shriners Hospital) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 15, 2006 - Miami (Wayside Baptist Church) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free!
July 17, 2006 - Ft. Lauderdale (NSU/NOVA) - What You Don't Know About IDEA 2004 CAN Hurt You; sponsored by Florida Developmental Disabilities Council (FDDC) - Free !
August 3: Austin, TX - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by Texas Parent to Parent, Speakers: Wayne Steedman and Pat Howey
August 15: Philadelphia, PA - Special Education Law & Advocacy Training sponsored by the North Penn Special Education Council. Speakers: Pete and Pam Wright
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