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