Judge rules in favor of law student who is blind

Monday, August 22, 2011Deanna Jones, a third-year student at Vermont Law School, is allowed to use a laptop with certain electronic screen reading programs to take a test required for her to practice  law in her home state, a judge ruled August 2.…

DOE to delay South Carolina special education funding punishment

Monday, August 22, 2011In the latest twist in an ongoing dispute with the Obama Administration and South Carolina over special education funding, the U.S. Department of Education will postpone for a year planned cuts of $36 million to special education services in South…

Bill introduced to increase special education funding

Wednesday, August 10, 2011When Congress approved the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act in 1975, Congress committed to paying 40 percent of nationwide special education costs.
Senate Bill Would Increase SPED funding
That threshold has never been met. In fiscal year 2011, the federal…

High Court pushes back against police powers in schools

Monday, June 27, 2011
News from the U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court expanded Miranda protections for juveniles June 16 in a case with potentially significant implications for children with disabilities, whom regularly are disciplined at a disproportionately high rate in schools nationwide. The…

Lawsuit charges discrimination in Philadelphia schools

Monday, June 27, 2011
News from Pennsylvania
Four parents of children with autism filed a class action lawsuit June 20 against the Philadelphia School District, charging that its policy forcing children with autism to transfer to multiple schools during their elementary and middle school…

DOJ intervenes in student diabetes case

Monday, June 20, 2011
News from Kentucky
The Department of Justice filed an amicus brief June 7 on behalf of a boy with diabetes who filed a discrimination lawsuit against his school in Kentucky after it refused to train non-medical personnel to assist him…

Complaint against Milwaukee voucher plan

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Disability Rights Wisconsin, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division today, charging that the nation’s most extensive school voucher program discriminates against students…

Paving the way in mental disability law

Sunday, June 5, 2011
Law Library Books
New York Law School continues to lead the country in mental disability law education.  The school’s online mental disability law program, the nation’s first when it was created in 2000, has expanded to include 13 courses,…

DOJ settles with preschool program

Monday, May 30, 2011
The Justice Department reached a settlement May 17 with a California-based preschool program that had a policy excluding children with autism and other disabilities. In June 2008, Beginning Montessori Academy, located in Baldwin Park, California, notified the family of…

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