free appropriate public education

DOJ uncovers extensive IDEA violations in Mississippi youth detention facility

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Right to FAPE Continues while in Juvenile Detention
The Department of Justice, in a letter issued to state officials January 12, slammed the state of Mississippi for failing to remedy a variety of federal special education law violations at…

Report: Charter schools are becoming more inclusive

Monday, November 30, 2015
Charter Schools More Inclusive
Despite their reputation for excluding students with disabilities, charter schools are improving their special education efforts, according to a report [PDF] released November 10 by the National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools.…

Agreement requires LA education agency to provide special education services in jails

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Youth Entitled to Special Education while Incarcerated
A federal court signed off September 14 on a comprehensive settlement with disability advocates and the Los Angeles County Office of Education to implement new safeguards to ensure inmates with disabilities receive special…

DOE: Incarcerated children must receive special education services

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Education for Inmates with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education released new guidance December 5, reminding state and local government agencies of their obligations to provide required special education services to students in prison. “Absent a specific exception, all (Individuals…

DOE releases new disability bullying guidance

Monday, October 27, 2014
New Bullying Guidance
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, in a Dear Colleague letter sent to educators nationwide October 21, expanded on previously issued guidance on public schools’ obligations to prevent disability-based harassment. “If a school’s investigation…

Court orders Hawaii to provide remedial education services for nearly 1,800 students

Tuesday, October 7, 2014
FAPE in Hawaii
A federal court has ordered the Hawaii Department of Education to provide additional educational services to as many as 1,800 students whose special education services were illegally cut off at age 20. Under the Individuals with Disabilities…

Education administrators call for Supreme Court review of special education decision

Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Who pays for placement?
A group of school administrators filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on July 28, urging review of a recent appellate court decision. They argue it will increase special education costs to…