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Endrew F. v. Douglas Part III

Endrew F. v. Douglas: Part III by Dr. Christy Smith       Fundamentally, the implications of the Endrew F. v. Douglas (137 S. Ct. 988) decision on the work of IEP teams boils down to this: a legally defensible IEP process is data-driven and requires “intensive, fact-specific inquiry” throughout the duration of the IEP.             • Data drives …

Endrew F. v. Douglas Part 2

Endrew F. v. Douglas: Part II by Dr. Christy Smith       Part I of this series provided a synopsis of the facts of the case and the Supreme Court decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas (137 S. Ct. 988). In Part II, elements of the decision have been distilled to identify areas that potentially require district …

Endrew F. v. Douglas: Part 1

This is the first installment in a series of posts regarding the impact the 2017 United States Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District Re-1 (137 S. Ct. 988) has on public schools. Part I: The Facts of the Case by Dr. Christy Smith Endrew F. attended a Douglas County …

Script Training on School Law: October 3, 2017

A principal’s role as instructional leader can be overwhelming in light of the multiple statutory requirements related to the education of students who have special learning needs. Compliance with statutes and regulations, both federal (IDEA, Section 504, RtI) and Arkansas-specific (dyslexia, standards-based grading), can create a web of seemingly endless data collection and management that …