Unanimous U.S. Supreme Court establishes educational benefit standard for FAPE

Earlier today, the U.S. Supreme Court answered a question that it had deferred 35 years ago in its seminal opinion on education for children with disabilities—Board of Edn. of Hendrick Hudson Central School Dist. v. Rowley.

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 03/22/2017 - 16:43
U.S. Supreme Court issues ruling in IDEA exhaustion of remedies case

Earlier today, a unanimous United States Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools.  The Court overturned the lower courts’ decisions and remanded the case to the appeals court to determine whether the plaintiffs’ suit is about a denial of a FAPE rather than discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.   

Anonymous (not verified) Wed, 02/22/2017 - 17:06

Governor Kasich's biennial budget bill

Governor Kasich’s biennial budget for FY 2018-19 was introduced on Wednesday as House Bill 49.  The full text—all 3512 pages of it—is available here

There has already been a lot of discussion about the provisions in the bill that are of interest to school districts and educational service centers.  But for those who would like to see the specific proposed language on some key topics, here are the line numbers in the current bill: 

LAF assists district in Renewal Levy case

OSBA’s legal assistance fund (LAF) supports school districts that are defending legal challenges with the potential to affect public schools statewide. Earlier this month, the LAF board of trustees voted to approve an amicus brief in support of the Delaware Area Career Center (DACC) in the case Delaware Joint Vocational School District v. Testa.