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Category: Special Education

Current legal decisions that impact the education and rights of students with disabilities, as well as their families and school districts, are provided here.

School Districts Permitted To Seek Attorney’s Fees For Frivolous IDEA Complaints

In Barney v. Akron Board of Education, No. 5:2016cv00112, an Ohio federal court determined that an Ohio school district may seek attorney’s fees and litigation expenses against individuals filing frivolous due process complaints under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). This case involved an administrative complaint filed by the parents of a student who […]

Matthew John Markling Attends Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Special Education Roundtable

On October 18, 2017, Matthew John Markling is attending the Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys Special Education Roundtable, which consists of fellow school board attorneys dedicated to the practice of special education. Mr. Markling’s dedication toward special education goes beyond roundtables. For example, Mr. Markling and his wife established the Markling Family Foundation to improve the […]

New Special Education Procedural Safeguards Guide Just Released!

A new special education procedural safeguards notice, A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education, is now available for school district and parent use and can be viewed by clicking here. This publication replaces the earlier procedural safeguards notice, Whose IDEA Is This? WARNING: As of August 1, 2017, school districts may no longer use Whose IDEA Is […]