Protecting Students’ Privacy in the Data Age

In recent years, public schools have increased the amount of information gathered on all students, but particularly those in special education. Data routinely collected and stored runs the gamut from contact information, grades, and standardized test scores to disciplinary actions,… Read the rest

Supreme Disappointment For Students with Disabilities

By Kalman R. Hettleman The Supreme Court held unanimously—in its most momentous ruling on special education in over three decades—that the standard for services owed to students with disabilities under federal law is higher than “merely more than de minimis.”… Read the rest

Supreme Court Expands Rights of Kids in Special Ed

It was a good week for Special Education advocates. In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that schools must provide more than a minimum program to students with disabilities. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion, excerpts of which… Read the rest

Handling Disputes with the School

When schools fail to provide the services parents believe their child needs, a due process hearing—a formal, contested, adversarial trial—is the ultimate route provided by law to resolve disputes. But litigation via due process is not the best way to… Read the rest

What Is “Prior Written Notice”?

Prior Written Notice is an element of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the federal law that protects children with learning and other disabilities. Under IDEA, parents of children with LD are entitled to notification—Prior Written Notice (PWN)—any time… Read the rest