Did the School District Restrain and/or Isolate Young Children with Disabilities?

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In October 2020, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division opened an investigation into seclusion and restraint against children with disabilities in Frederick County Public Schools (MD). On December 1, Continue Reading →

Long COVID under Section 504 and IDEA: A Resource Guide for Children, Students, Educators, Schools, Service Providers, and Families

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Many children and young adults who planned to return to school in the fall struggle to recover from “long COVID.” The terms “long COVID” and “long haul COVID” refer to Continue Reading →

Justice Department Settles with Florida District in Class Removals Discrimination Case

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On August 3, 2021, the Department of Justice reached a settlement under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with Volusia County Schools (Florida) to address allegations that the district punished Continue Reading →

Progress Graphs of Test Data – A Essential Skill that Parents Need to Master

All important decisions about your child’s education – eligibility, special education, and related services in your child’s IEP, educational progress, compensatory education (or “recovery services”) – are based on test Continue Reading →

Can Parents Demand a Member of the IEP Team be Excluded?

The Guidance Counselor ignored our parental consent form and conducted tests on our daughter against our written instructions, even though she signed the form acknowledging our wishes and concerns. Our Continue Reading →

8 Frequently Asked Questions about Compensatory Education

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As schools reopen, expect the IEP team to schedule a meeting or meetings to discuss your child’s eligibility for compensatory education. As your child’s advocate, you need to learn all you can about compensatory education now. Your child has no more time to waste. Continue Reading →