MORGAN HILL CONCERNED PARENTS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiffs, v. CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, Defendant (2012)… Resolution Pending.

In 2012, MORGAN HILL CONCERNED PARENTS ASSOCIATION filed an action to enjoin the California Department of Education (CDE) from violating the rights of children with disabilities to receive a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE). Plaintiffs, associations of concerned parents of California children with disabilities, and sought to redress Defendant’s violations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504… Read More

Special Needs Education should be as challenging as General Education says US Supreme Court

Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals should be ambitious and challenging On February 12, 2018, the United States District Court affirmed the U.S. Supreme Court’s findings in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, which set forth the requirement of a ‘new standard’ for determining progress on a child’s Individualized Educational Program (IEP) goals, such that the… Read More

School suspensions in San Mateo Foster City School District – Red Flags for Special Needs Students

Lying with statistics or just not looking hard enough? Numbers can lie, but it is easier to just bury the key story. Last week, our local school district (San Mateo Foster City School District) presented our school board with their “report card” from the state of California. The presentation lacked drama. Two areas that were… Read More

Invisible and Dismal – our local special needs kids school performance

Dismal performance for our special needs kids in the San Mateo Foster City School district…https://www.caschooldashboard.org/… This is over 1000 kids. And it doesn’t even get included in the presentation to our school board as a topic of interest during the district performance presentation tonight (download link). http://agendaonline.net/…/Attachmen…/DisplayAttachment.aspx…” “The intent of the California School Dashboard is… Read More

McCleary school superintendent advocates for special education funding in Washington state

Dan Casler, superintendent of McCleary School District in Washington state, has written a passionate article on special education funding: …. Over recent years McCleary has made significant improvements in our services to be both compliant and service student IEPs as we know is right. We are proud of this fact, and yet we are seeing deficits… Read More

Chicago Special Education Crisis?

In December 2017, the Education Committee of the Chicago City Council abruptly canceled a meeting on special education. Alderman. Susan Sadlowski-Garza (10th) branded the cancellation a “cover-up” engineered by mayoral allies to avoid embarrassing Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chicago Public Schools apparently have 181 special education staff vacancies creating serious problems for special education students in… Read More