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Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2018

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


(ISBN 978-1-892320-47-6, 146 pages, 8 1/2" x 11)

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2018 is designed to make it easier for you to stay up-to-date on new cases and developments in special education law.

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"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 2018. Do not rely on the opinions and biases of others.

Wrightslaw: Special Education Legal Developments and Cases 2018 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.

Learn about current and emerging issues in special education law including:

  • All decisions in IDEA and Section 504/ADA cases by Courts of Appeals in 2018
  • How Courts of Appeals are interpreting two recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Five exemplary Cases of the Year - Cases about discrimination in daycare centers, private schools, and higher education; damages; higher standards for IEPs and "Least Restrictive Environment"
  • Steps to resolving special education disputes between parents and schools

This unique book includes:

  • Table of 2018 Special Education Decisions with date, court, description of issues, outcome
  • Comprehensive description of each 2018 Decision, including prevailing party

2018 Cases of the Year

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

  • Shaikh v. Texas A&M
  • Berardelli v. Allied Services Institute of Rehab Medicine (dePaul School)
  • L.H. v. Hamilton County Department of Education
  • Sophie G. v. Willson County Schools
  • Texas Education Agency v. US Dept of Education

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 Process to Resolve Special Education Disputes, 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 Cases from U.S. Courts of Appeals in 2018, includes a Table of Decisions and short summary of all significant U.S. Court of Appeals decisions issued in 2017.

Chapter 5. U.S. Courts of Appeals Cases in 2018, 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.


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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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