COVID- New Dispute Resolution Guidance from OSEP

OSEP issued Q&A documents in response to inquiries concerning implementation of the IDEA Part B and Part C dispute resolution procedures in the current COVID-19 environment. IDEA Part B https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-dispute-resolution-procedures-part-b.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term= IDEA Part C https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-dispute-resolution-procedures-part-c.pdf?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

INDIAN EDUCATION: Actions Needed to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive Special Education Services

INDIAN EDUCATION: Actions Needed to Ensure Students with Disabilities Receive Special Education Services GAO-20-358: Published: May 22, 2020. Publicly Released: Jun 5, 2020. Found at: https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-20-358 In a recent Government Accounting Office (GAO) report, the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) did not provide or could not account for almost 40 […]

Extended School Year (ESY) and Covid-19

Given the current situation with just about all schools across the nation shut down, along with expectations of social distancing, what should we reasonably expect out of extended school year (ESY) programming for students eligible for special education and related services? This post will seek to remind readers of the […]

Resources on Virtual IEP Team Meetings

In these unusual times, holding IEP meetings can be quite a challenge.  The IDEA does allow a student’s IEP meeting to be held through alternative means, such virtual meetings (e.g., Zoom, Go-To-Meeting, Microsoft Team) if parents and school personnel agree to this (IDEA Regulations, 34 C.F.R.§ 300.328). The following National […]

Covid-19 and Special Education

Mitchell L. Yell, Ph.D. The Covid-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented effect on education.  With schools being out of session until probably the 2020-2021 academic year, administrators and teachers are having to determine how best to educate students when they cannot attend school.  This can present unique issues if a […]

U.S. Department of Education issues Question & Answer document on the Supreme Court’s ruling in Endrew

On December 7, 2017, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) in the U.S. Department of Education issued a question and answer document on the U.S. Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling in Endrew v. Douglas County School District (2017).  The question and answer document can be found at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-endrewcase-12-07-2017.pdf The intent […]