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School Boards call upon Ninth Circuit to affirm IDEA’s educational purpose

The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by eight state school boards associations, today filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of D.A. v. Meridian Joint Sch. Dist. No. 2.

NSBA and Eight State School Board Associations Call Upon the Ninth Circuit to Affirm IDEA’s Educational Purpose

Alexandria, Va. (Oct. 15, 2014) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by eight state school boards associations, today filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of D.A. v. Meridian Joint Sch. Dist. No. 2. At issue in this case is whether a high-functioning autistic student with social, behavioral and self-sufficiency needs is entitled to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) services when the disability does not adversely affect his educational performance.

D.A. v. Meridian Joint School District No. 2 (9th Cir.)

IDEA:  eligibility for services - qualifying disability -  adverse impact of disability on academic performance - "adversely affects educational performance" standard

NSBA Urges Federal Courts to Correctly Apply Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

North Carolina School Boards Association Press Release Re: NC School Voucher Program Decision

North Carolina School Boards Association press release announcing Wake County Syperior Court Judge Hobgood's bench opinion ruling that the state's private school voucher program violates the state constitution.

Webinar: Recent Guidance from the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice: Title IX, Section 504/ADA and more

Invite your school district clients to join you as the NSBA legal staff reviews important recent guidance documents issued by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice.  We'll cover topics such as Title IX and sexual violence (especially with respect sexual orientation and gender identity), the ADA Effective Communication regulation, racial disparities in student discipline, Charter Schools, student records and data, and more.  We will discuss how the guidance documents reflect policy initiatives and how NSBA is engaging with the Departments on these issues. 

NSBA, PSBA and NASDSE Call on U.S. Supreme Court to Curb Lengthy IDEA Litigation

Alexandria, Va. (July 29, 2014 ) - The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joined by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), today filed a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of M.R. v. Ridley School District. At issue in the case is whether school districts must continue paying for a student’s private placement once a court finds the school district provided the child with a free appropriate public education (FAPE). 

Ridley School District v. M.R.

IDEA:  extending private school tuition reimbursement - stayput placement - resolution special education disputes -collabrative process. Filed July 28, 2014. Certiorari Brief 

General Counsel Francisco Negron's Response to OCR's October 2010 "DCL"

NSBA General Counsel Francisco Negron's response to OCR's October 2010 "Dear Colleague Letter" re: bullying and sexual harassment

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