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.
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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Co-sponsored by the Klebanoff Institute and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Continue Reading 2018 Special Education in Connecticut Summit: Promoting Equity for Marginalized Students With Disabilities
On Wednesday, September 13, 2017, school law attorney Susan C. Freedman will sit on a panel with parent attorneys offering training about special education hearings…
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On October 2, 2015, Susan Freedman and Peter Maher will be speaking to new school administrators as part of Cooperative Educational Services’ (C.E.S.) New Administrator…
Continue Reading Susan Freedman and Peter Maher to Discuss Section 504, Bullying and Cyberbullying at the C.E.S. New Administrator Induction Program
Please note that due to overwhelming demand, registration is now closed for this event.
Join school law attorneys Susan Freedman, Julie Fay and Gwen Zittoun …
Continue Reading Save the Date for “Hot Topics in Special Education” – June 2, 2015
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…
Continue Reading Connecticut State Board of Education Names Interim Commissioner
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…