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 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 […]
In the case of D.M. v. Bd. of Edn. Toledo Pub. Schs, N.D.Ohio No. 3:18CV1307, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9252 (Jan. 18, 2019), a federal district court held that the parent of a disabled student was not required to exhaust administrative remedies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) where “the state agency charged […]
In Crochran v. Columbus City Schools, 17-4110 (6th Cir. 2018), the federal appellate court ruled that a special education teacher’s use of a body sock to restrain a disruptive autistic student was not a constitutional violation and within her rights to use. The case involved a student with both autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder who was […]
In L.H., et al. v. Hamilton Cty. Dep’t of Educ., Nos. 17-5989, 18-5086, the federal appellate court found a disabled student’s removal from a general classroom to be a violation of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”) and that his parents were due reimbursement for his placement in a private school. In the case, a […]