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Board of Education is Immune from Liability for Student’s Injury Caused by Another Student on the School Bus

An Ohio appeals court recently reiterated that a board of education enjoys statutory immunity from liability for a student’s injuries that were caused by another student while both were riding on a school bus.  The bus driver was driving a bus full of children when a seventeen-year-old passenger sexually assaulted a five-year-old passenger.  The victim’s [...]

Feds Release Report on Special Education and Dispute Resolution

In preparation for the next IDEA reauthorization, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducted a national study of dispute resolution methods used in due process hearings and their effectiveness.  The GAO used statistical analyses, interviews, and surveys to evaluate whether, and to what extent, resolution sessions and mediation affected special education disputes.  The GAO also included [...]

Office for Civil Rights Alerts Districts of New Race Discrimination Investigative Initiative

On October 1, 2014, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a Dear Colleague letter explaining its plans to investigate intra-district racial disparities in accessing educational resources. OCR will focus on four main areas: (1) availability of advanced courses and gifted programs; (2) high quality educators; (3) physical facilities; and [...]