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Susan represents school boards and independent schools with regard to education matters, the Americans with Disabilities Act and general litigation, including special education, at the administrative level and in state and federal courts. In her practice, Susan calls upon her 14 years of experience as a teacher. She is a frequent speaker on education matters for CABE, CONN-CASE, the Connecticut Bar Association and other groups, and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Connecticut.

Susan C. Freedman, Rebecca Rudnick Santiago and Julia V. Wilde will be speakers during the Hartford County Bar Association’s webinar “Special Education Litigation and

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On March 23, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit issued an important precedential opinion in Mr. P. & Mrs. P. v. West Hartford Board of Education, 885 F.3d 735, (2d Cir. 2018). In its decision, the Second Circuit held that the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1, 137 S. Ct. 988 (2017), did not heighten the standard to assess whether a school district offered a student an individualized education program (“IEP”) that provided a free appropriate public education (“FAPE”) in jurisdictions covered by the Second Circuit (Connecticut, New York and Vermont).   The Second Circuit also ruled in favor of the school district, West Hartford, on all other issues, including numerous procedural claims, and rejected the parents’ request for a private transition program similar to the one offered by the district.
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The Connecticut State Board of Education has appointed Dr. Dianna Roberge-Wentzell, the state’s chief academic officer, as interim education commissioner.  Dr. Roberge-Wentzell replaces outgoing Commissioner
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Staff e-mails that contain personally identifiable student information or questions about compliance can come back to haunt your district, attorneys say.

Training your staff about

Continue Reading Attorney Susan Freedman Quoted in Special Education Connection Article Regarding Top 10 E-mail Errors That Prove Damaging To Districts