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Spring Special Ed Law Conference Edition - Issue #1

The first of 3 issues devoted to current legal news for special ed directors and other school administrators

New Federal Policy Statement Encourages Family Engagement in Early Childhood Education


The Dept of Education and the Dept of Health and Human Services have issued a policy statement that focuses on strong and positive collaboration between schools and families as the key to the success of early childhood programs.

It’s Time Texas


Harlingen ISD wins first place in a community fitness challenge.

5-Minute Film Festival: Inspirational Teachers


Education Law for Principals Edition of Postscripts

Spring Spec Ed Conference Q&A Continued…


Questions on Prior Written Notice and non-english speaking parents are answered.



Parents Acted “Unreasonably” and, Thus, Were Not Entitled to Private Tuition Reimbursement

  Rockwall ISD v. M.C., 816 F.3d 329 (5th Cir. 2016).

Rockwall ISD was not ordered to reimburse parents who placed their daughter in a residential facility unilaterally and didn’t work with the district to develop and implement an IEP for the student.

The Student Was Not Entitled to Residential Placement at District Expense

  Student v. Pflugerville ISD, Dkt. No. 017-SE-0915 (Hearing Officer Lucius Bunton, Feb. 19, 2016).

Pflugerville ISD was not required to pay for a student with multiple disabilities placed in a residential facility by his parents after the district designed an IEP that was not implemented because the student didn’t attend school in the district.

The Lack of ABA Services Did Not Result in the Denial of FAPE

  Student v. Gregory Portland ISD, Dkt. No. 024-SE-0915 (Hearing Officer Lynn E. Rubinett, March 25, 2016).

A hearing officer disagrees with parents about denial of FAPE resulting from application of ABA services by a teacher rather than a BCBA.