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Special Needs Students Deserve Special Effort from Schools

When you have a special needs child, you depend on the help of many people outside your family. Educators, doctors and even therapists can help your child overcome disabilities and social issues. Education from a school and the social benefits of being around age peers are critical for the development of special needs children.

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Katie’s Chronicles: Interview with Theresa

The following post is part of a series of reflections and interview responses given by successful young adults with varying disabilities who have direct experience with the Connecticut Special Education system. Our interviewer and writer is Katie Feinstein, daughter of Attorney Feinstein, who is also a successful young adult living with disabilities.

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Don’t Let the Education System Leave Your Child Behind

If you have a child with special needs, it can be tough to determine what school is most appropriate for his or her talents, gifts and learning limitations. The ultimate goal of any parent is to ensure that his or her child gets the best education possible, and doesn’t get left behind.

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Second Circuit Eliminates School Board Exclusive Control Over Methodology

We won a major victory on January 10th in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of A.M. v. NYC Department of Education. Attorney Andrew Feinstein argued the case as a friend of the court on behalf of COPAA.

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Petition Filed with CT State Department of Education RE Access to IEE and Observation

Access to an independent educational evaluation (IEE) and observation in school are central to a parent’s ability to meaningfully participate in their child’s school program. Further, an accurate evaluation is the cornerstone to the IDEA, ensuring that the Student’s functional and academic deficits are identified, and setting the stage for appropriate goals and objectives and appropriate special education and related services.

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Please Sign Petition Regarding IEE and Observation Criteria

Dear Connecticut Constituent: Please sign this petition asking the Connecticut State Department of Education to amend the special education regulations regarding acceptable IEE criteria and observation criteria: https://goo.gl/forms/br5ZPATHggDQtlWu2 Access to an IEE and observation in school are central to a parent’s ability to advocate for a child’s needs in school.

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Does Meaningful vs. Some Matter?

Today the U.S. Supreme Court granted review in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 a case about the level of education benefit a special education student must receive for a school district to provide an appropriate education under federal special education law.

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Education Ruling: OK To Shut Out Disabled Kids?

By Andrew FeinsteinFeatured in the Hartford Courant on September 10, 2016, Judge Thomas Moukawsher issued a monumental ruling Wednesday in the case of Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding v. Rell, finding that Connecticut’s system of funding education is irrational and unconstitutional.

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Katie’s Chronicles: Interview with Jack

The following post is the fist of a series of reflections and interview responses given by successful young adults with varying disabilities who have direct experience with the Connecticut Special Education system. Our interviewer and writer is Katie Feinstein, daughter of Attorney Feinstein, who is also a successful young adult living with disabilities.

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Virtual Schools Must Follow Federal Special Education Law

Over the years virtual learning and online schools have increased across the country. On August 5th the U.S. Departments of Education issued guidance to states and school districts regarding their responsibilities for students with disabilities attending public virtual schools.

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