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DOJ uncovers extensive IDEA violations in Mississippi youth detention facility

Thursday, January 21, 2016The 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 a juvenile detention facility, first identified by the…

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

Wednesday, September 30, 2015A 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 education services. “This settlement is a significant…

DOE: Incarcerated children must receive special education services

Tuesday, December 16, 2014The 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 with Disabilities Education Act) protections…

DOE releases new disability bullying guidance

Monday, October 27, 2014The 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 reveals that bullying…

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

Tuesday, October 7, 2014A 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 Act, states…

Education administrators call for Supreme Court review of special education decision

Tuesday, August 12, 2014A 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 school districts and incentivize…