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  • “The Complete IEP Guide” recently exceeded 100,000 copies sold! “The Complete IEP Guide” recently exceeded 100,000 copies sold!

    “The Complete IEP Guide” recently exceeded 100,000 copies sold!

“The Complete IEP Guide” recently exceeded 100,000 copies sold!

Lawrence Siegel’s “The Complete IEP Guide” recently exceeded 100,000 copies sold; our office is delighted that so many families can have support and specific guidance as they support their children’s needs.  More information here.

Q&A with Special Ed Attorneys Patricia Black and Larry Siegel

Join Special Education attorneys Patricia Black and Larry Siegel for a presentation and discussion on Placements:

What is Least Restricted Environment (LRE) and how is it applied? A regular classroom placement is preferred but not always LRE. How does the continuum of placement options fit into the picture?

What are the Ins and Outs of Public vs NonPublic (NPS) vs Private Placements

Learn about the How, When, and Why of Residential Placements

October 11, 2017, 10:00 am – 12 pm  (Free)


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The U.S. Supreme Court Establishes a Stronger Standard

The issue that has bedeviled parents, students, school districts, and courts since the passage of the IDEA in 1975—what constitutes a sufficient “educational benefit” under the IDEA, or how much educational benefit does the district have to provide to meet its legal mandate to provide a child with a disability an “appropriate” education.

The U.S. Supreme Court first addressed this issue in 1982 in the Rowley case.  Amy Rowley was in kindergarten, was doing well, but needed a sign language interpreter to access communication in the classroom.  Because she was doing well academically – not difficult at the kindergarten level, the Supreme Court ruled against her concluding that under the IDEA a school district need only  “open the door of public education to handicapped children”  rather than guarantee any particular level of education once inside.”

When the IDEA was re-authorized in 2007, Congress appeared to expand the Rowley standard of educational benefit, noting that implementation of the IDEA was “impeded by low expectations” and that children with disabilities are entitled to “high expectations” and, “to the maximum extent possible,” to meet the challenging expectations that are established for all children.  Other, lower courts have either agreed with Rowley or expanded – educational benefit is measured against the child’s abilities.

On March 22, 2017, in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, the U.S. Supreme Court in an unanimous decision ruled that an autistic child who had moved from grade to grade but appeared to have made questionable, actual progress was entitled to an education that provided only de minimis progress.

The key findings by the Supreme Court:  1) a child’s IEP/program must be “appropriately ambitious” and “calculated to allow a child to make progress appropriate in light […]