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Anne Littlefield Quoted in Special Ed Connection Article “After the MDR: What to do if student’s misbehavior is manifestation of disability”

Anne Littlefield discusses steps to follow if a manifestation determination review reveals a substantial relationship between a student’s misbehavior and his or her disability. This article originally appeared in SpecialEdConnection®.

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OCR Issues Dear Colleague Letter: Restraint and Seclusion of Students With Disabilities

On December 28, 2016, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), issued four guidance documents concerning students with disabilities. Along with two documents concerning students with disabilities in public charter schools (FAQs about Charter Schools and IDEARead more

OSERS Reminds of Need to Consider PBIS; Cautions on Use of Short-Term Removals and Exclusionary Discipline

The United States Department of Education’s Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) published a Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) on August 1, 2016 underscoring the importance of positive behavioral interventions and supports for students with disabilities and cautioning individualized … Read more

State Department of Education Releases Report on School Districts’ Use of Restraint and Seclusion

The Connecticut Department of Education (CDE) recently released a report on the use of restraint and seclusion by Connecticut public schools in the 2012-13 school year. According to the report, there were 33,742 separate incidents of restraint and seclusion of … Read more

OCR Has New Address, Districts Must Update Notices

The Boston Office of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (which is the regional office covering Connecticut) has moved.  Districts should update their 504 handbooks, hearing forms and due process rights notifications to reflect the new address. … Read more

School District Recovers Legal Fees in “Frivolous” Special Education Lawsuit

The U.S. District Court in Connecticut recently issued a decision allowing a school district to recover $15,972 in attorney’s fees against a parent attorney who continued to litigate an IDEA matter after the claim had become “frivolous, unreasonable, or without … Read more