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Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017

by Peter W. D. Wright, Esq. and Pamela Darr Wright


(ISBN 978-1-892320-42-1, 126 pages, 8 1/2" x 11)

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017 is a unique year in review book that will help you stay up-to-date on legal issues and cases in special education.

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Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017

"Wonderful news! This is the book I have been waiting for! Thanks for your dedication to our children! This will be an awesome resource for justice and equity in our communities! Congratulations on another tremendous resource for parents and their attorneys and advocates!

"So much great information I can not even begin to tell you. I've highlighted so many important points I can use for my child's situation that have helped me, that I honestly don't know how parents with children with special needs can operate without this book!

Also it is my understanding the book gets updated every year on new cases. I can't wait to see what cases in the next book I can cross reference for next year. I am so grateful for Pete Wright sharing his wealth of information in these books!"

"Exceptions to the rule" cause the body of law to change and grow! Unique facts may compel judges to write a decision contrary to current case law. Read for yourself the facts in a case in Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017. Do not rely on the opinions and biases of others.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2017 will help you be in a stronger position to understand the evolution of special education legal issues. Get a clearer sense about unwritten factors affecting case decisions and learn how the law is evolving in your Circuit.

This unique book includes:

  • All decisions in IDEA cases by Courts of Appeals in 2017.
  • Two decisions in special education cases by the U.S. Supreme Court; includes full text of decisions, Syllabi prepared by the Reporter of Decisions for the convenience of the reader; Transcripts of Remarks by the Justices who wrote the decisions.
  • Table of 2017 Special Education Decisions with date, court, description of issues, outcome.
  • Comprehensive description of each 2017 Decision, including prevailing party and counsel.

2017 Cases of the Year

Cases of the Year are “must reads” for special education attorneys, advocates, and others who are interested in special education law.

M.C. v. Antelope Valley Union School District - the first Court of Appeals decision since the Supreme Court issued the decision in Endrew.

J.S. v. Houston County Bd. Ed. - violations of Section 504 and ADA may have the school board facing a civil Jury Trial.

Fry v. Napoleon - SCOTUS landmark "Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies" case.

Endrew F. v. Douglas County Sch. Dist. - SCOTUS unanimous pro-child decision related to the legal definition of FAPE.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Legal Concepts and Education Laws, includes an overview of the legal terms, concepts, and statutes related to special education law.

Chapter 2. The Legal Process, describes the steps in resolving a special education dispute - from the initial request for a due process hearing through appeals to the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Chapter 3. Finding Cases with "Google Scholar", is a tutorial on how to use Google Scholar and have Alerts sent to you when relevant cases are published.

Chapter 4.
Table of Decisions in 2017, includes a Table of Decisions and short summary of all significant U.S. Court of Appeals decisions issued in 2017.

Chapter 5. Summaries of Decisions in 2017, in a comprehensive description of the Court of Appeals cases, using text from the decisions. We keep our interpretations of the rulings to a minimum and instead provide direct quotes from the Court's opinion.

Chapter 6. Supreme Court Decisions in 2017

        Fry v. Napoleon, 15-497 (February 22, 2017)

        Syllabus in Fry
        Transcript of remarks by Justice Elena Kaga.

        Endrew F. v. Douglas, 15-827 (March 22, 2017)

        Syllabus in Endrew
        Transcript of remarks by Chief Justice John Roberts


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PDF downloadThe PDF download includes bookmarks and page thumbnails so you can move easily between chapters and pages. You can search the entire book for specific terms or topics in seconds.

When you purchase the PDF Download, you will receive a receipt by email that includes the download link. When you click the link, the book file will be downloaded onto your computer. Depending on your connection speed, this may take a few minutes.

The Table of Decisions includes the date, court, synopsis of legal issues, outcome, and prevailing party in the cases. Each case in the Table of Decisions is linked to a summary of the case where the Court's words are used to describe the issues in the case and the Court's rulings.

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