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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Bullying

This excellent document from the Department of Justice addresses the problem of bullying in the school environment.

Pendency determined by state complaint process

Millay v. Surry, 584 F. Supp. 2d 219 (D.C. Maine 2008): A Maine District Court held that a decision rendered by the State of Maine Education Department in response to a complaint filed by the parent through the complaint resolution process established the child’s pendency placement during subsequent proceedings.

10th Circuit rules that eligibility under IDEA does not necessarily make a student eligible under 504

Ellenberg v. New Mexico Military Institute, 2009 WL 1977486 (10th Cir. 2009): According to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, eligibility for special education and having an individualized education program under the IDEA demonstrates a child's disability, but not necessarily that the disability “substantially limits” the major life activity of learning. Therefore, IDEA eligibility does not necessarily yield 504 eligibility.