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Special Education Legal Alert

By Perry A. Zirkel

© March 2021

This month’s update identifies recent court decisions for “twice-exceptional” students, specifically addressing issues under the IDEA and, alternatively or additionally, Section 504.  For related information about these various issues, see perryzirkel.com

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    COVID-19 GUIDANCE AND CASE LAW: WINTER UPDATE

    Perry A. Zirkel

    © Feb. 16, 2021

    With re-openings increasing across the country on at least a hybrid basis and vaccinations gradually extending to teachers at least in some districts, the outlines of the nature and extent of the FAPE obligation, including the remedies for its denial, are increasingly emerging in recent legal activity specific to students with disabilities.  For this latest period, the activity is almost entirely in the two administrative dispute resolution forums under the IDEA—state complaint investigations and due process hearings.  Federal adjustments, either via Congress or OSEP, have taken a back seat during the initial phase of the new Administration.  At the other end, court decisions during this latest period have slowed down, subject to parents having to “exhaust” the available due process hearing procedure under the IDEA.  The crystallization of the final contours of IDEA obligations during the pandemic await the development of precedents at the judicial level, but courts often defer to hearing officer decisions upon appeal.  This latest summary provides an update since the coverage in the late fall update (COVID-19 Special Supplement 7).

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    U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona Provides Puerto Rico Department of Education Access to Pandemic Relief Aid and Other Grant Funds

    This month, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona sent a letter to The Honorable Pedro Pierluisi, Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, informing him that the U.S. Department of Education (Department) has provided the Commonwealth immediate access to $912 million in Federal education funds, which had not been available to Puerto Rico as a result of previously imposed grant conditions.

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    USDA Expansion of SNAP Benefits to Help Students Pursuing Postsecondary Education During Pandemic

    As part of its ongoing efforts to ease the economic burden on millions of Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education—in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)—issued guidance to postsecondary institutions to inform them about temporarily expanded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility for students in need.

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    National Survey to Gather Critical Data on School Reopening

    To help safely reopen America's schools and promote educational equity, the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education today announced the largest representative and highest-quality effort yet to gather vital data on the impact of COVID-19 on students and the status of in-person learning.

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      Guidance to States on Assessing Student Learning During the Pandemic

       

      The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is providing guidance to states emphasizing the importance of flexibility in administering assessments this year as a result of the pandemic and supporting the use of assessment data as a source of information for parents and educators to target resources and support, rather than for accountability purposes this year.

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        5 Things You Should Know About Stress

         

        Stress is how the brain and body respond to any demand. Any type of challenge—such as performance at work or school, a significant life change, or a traumatic event—can be stressful.

        Stress can affect your health. It is important to pay attention to how you deal with minor and major stressors, so you know when to seek help.

         

        Here are five things you should know about stress.

         

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          Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Disasters and Other Traumatic Events: What Parents, Rescue Workers, and the Community Can Do

           

          Each year, children and adolescents experience disasters and other traumatic events. Parents, rescue workers, and members of the larger community can help children start the process of recovery and overcome these experiences.

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            Latest Employment Opportunities Posted on NASET 

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            * Lower Elementary SPED Teacher - Reporting to the Academic Dean, the Lower Elementary SPED Teacher will be responsible for providing tailored support to students with special education needs, primarily through integrated co-teaching. This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned educator who is passionate about ensuring all students succeed and thrive in school. To learn more - Click here

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            * Education Specialist - Mental Health and Behavior - Willamette Education Service District is accepting applications for two full-time (40 hours per week). (Bilingual Spanish preferred). Successful candidate will work as a member of the Cross-Functional Equity, Inclusion and Achievement Team in the School Improvement Services Department, and will follow a 205-day calendar.  To learn more - Click here

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            * SEIS Contract Administrator - The Collaborative for Educational Services (CES) is seeking an SEIS Contract Administrator to direct the SEIS contract for the benefit of children and youth residing in facilities operated by the Massachusetts Departments of Mental Health, Public Health, Youth Services, and the County Houses of Correction. CES’s mission is to develop and foster educational excellence and opportunity for all learners through collaboration and leadership. To learn more - Click here

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            * Special Education Teachers - All areas - We are looking for highly motivated and skilled talent to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees. To learn more - Click here

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            Acknowledgements

            Portions of this or previous month’s NASET’s Special Educator e-Journal were excerpted from:

            • Center for Parent Information and Resources
            • Committee on Education and the Workforce
            • FirstGov.gov-The Official U.S. Government Web Portal
            • Journal of the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (JAASEP)
            • National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth
            • National Institute of Health
            • National Organization on Disability
            • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
            • U.S. Department of Education
            • U.S. Department of Education-The Achiever
            • U.S. Department of Education-The Education Innovator
            • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
            • U.S. Department of Labor
            • U.S. Food and Drug Administration
            • U.S. Office of Special Education

              The National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET) thanks all of the above for the information provided for this or prior editions of the Special Educator e-Journal


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