Topic: Special Education

Taking The “Due” Out of Due Process – OSERS and Compliance Complaints

During a brief altercation in Dashiell Hammett’s classic novel, The Maltese Falcon, the protagonist, Sam Spade, warns one of his antagonists that “when you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.”  That is much the same approach taken by the United States Department of Education’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services [“OSERS”] when it…

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Does One Wrong Equal No Rights? Connecticut Lets Its Surrogate Parents’ Contracts Lapse

Due to the State Department of Education’s failure to provide new contracts in a timely manner, Connecticut’s approximately 74 surrogate parents have found themselves in limbo.  Surrogate parents are appointed by the State Department of Education [“SDE”] to advocate on behalf of disabled students who have no parents, whose parents are incapable of meaningfully participating…

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Pullman & Comley’s April 21, 2015 Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael McKeon, Mark Sommaruga and Susan Scott will present a forum for special education directors and administrators reviewing legal developments and trends including: settlement agreements, Section 504, Common Core and “Smarter Balanced” Tests-opt outs and other impacts, and review, revisions and updates to IEP Forms. Tuesday, April 21, 2015…

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Pullman & Comley’s November 21, 2014 Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Pullman & Comley School Law attorneys Michael P. McKeon, Mark J. Sommaruga, and Susan L. Scott discussed recent, noteworthy court and hearing officer decisions in the area of special education, as well as reviewed trends and best practices pertaining to manifestation determinations, private placements, independent evaluations and common PPT conundrums at Pullman & Comley’s Fall…

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Something for Board Policy Committees to Consider

Every year, new laws result in new policy changes. To help you and your district understand the policy impact of the General Assembly’s 2014 legislative enactments, Pullman & Comley has issued the following School Law alert. Superintendents, board policy committee members and others should review the alert to make sure that their district’s policies are…

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2014 Legislative Update

At the start of every school-year, Pullman & Comley’s School Law section attorneys publish a summary of new Connecticut legislation impacting Connecticut schools and public-sector employers.  Our 2014 legislative summary, which we released in August is available here for your convenience.  While in comparison to recent years 2014 was relatively modest in terms of education-law…

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Special Education Legal Issues Forum: Thursday June 5, 2014

Attention Special Education Directors and Administrators: The next complimentary Pullman and Comley Special Education Forum will be held on Thursday, June 5, 2014.  School Law attorneys Michael McKeon, Mark Sommaruga and Susan Scott  will present on a variety of topics including the impact of new legislation, recent cases and trends, settlement agreements and Section 504 issues. Specific topics…

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LATEST DEVELOPMENTS FROM THE CONNECTICUT GENERAL ASSEMBLY: The Education Committee Speaks

Before the deadline for committee action, the General Assembly’s Education Committee voted favorably on and advanced out of committee a plethora of bills. Among the most noteworthy were: 1) a bill that would delay the implementation of the uniform regional calendar, 2) a bill giving greater discretion to school boards with regard to expunging an…

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Recording Special Education Team Meetings: Three Reasons Why Your School District Should Have a Written Policy

The audio recording of special education team meetings [“PPTs”] by parents and advocates has become a relatively accepted and common practice.  Technically, school districts are only obligated to permit the recording of such meetings when doing so would enable the parent to effectively participate in the development of the student’s individualized education plan [“IEP”] or…

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Connecticut State Department of Education Due Process Hearing Decisions for the 2013 Calendar Year: A Summary

During 2013, the State Department of Education handled approximately 239 requests for due process hearings to resolve issues with student special education programs. Of those requests, only a small minority were resolved by a decision of a hearing officer after a full hearing on the merits, available online at: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2626&q=320712. The 2013 decisions are summarized…

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