Current legal decisions that impact the education and rights of students with disabilities, as well as their families and school districts, are provided here.
In the case of Burton v. Cleveland Hts. Univ. Hts. Bd. of Edn., 6th Cir. No. 18-3595, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 19499 (June 27, 2019), the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that a parent was not entitled to attorney fees without showing that the child was a “child with a disability” under […]
On June 11, 2019, the National Center for Learning Disabilities released guidance on using inclusive technology to help educate students with disabilities. This guidance aims to assist schools in procuring and using new educational technologies with a focus on their impact for students with disabilities. To read the National Center for Learning Disabilities’ guidance, click […]
On June 18, 2019, the United States Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) released a report on its investigation into the use of restraint and seclusion on K-12 students by public schools districts. The GAO concluded that – based on the thirty (30) largest public schools in the United States – the nation’s public schools were not […]
In the case of N.L. ex rel. C.L. v. Springboro Community City School Dist., 119 LRP 20931 (S.D.Ohio 2019), a federal district court held that a public school did not violate the stay-put provisions of the Individuals With Disabilities in Education Act (“IDEA”) when the public school demonstrated that a special needs student was a […]
In the case of M.L. v. Williamson Cty. Bd. of Edn., 6th Cir. No. 18-5671, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 15528 (May 24, 2019), the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals held that parents of a special needs student failed to prove that a school retaliated against them by filing reports of child abuse against […]
In the findings letter of OEC No. CP 0015-2019 (April 10, 2019), the Ohio Department of Education’s Office for Exceptional Children found that a handwritten note from a parent in an agenda book requesting a disability evaluation was sufficient to serve as a request for an evaluation under the IDEA and related disability laws such […]