Special Education

Issaquah School District Broke Disability Law, says Associated Press

Associated Press reported on an Issaquah School District due process proceeding which resulted in the judge ordering over $170,000 to be paid to the family of a student represented by Wiscarson Law. The district failed to keep accurate records, failed to issue progress reports, failed to provide proper documentation to the parents, and failed to provide the student with a…

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Judge Rules Issaquah School District Violated the IDEA and Ordered to Pay

The Seattle Times reported on a judge’s ruling in favor of a student in a due process hearing, who is represented by Wiscarson Law. Issaquah School District failed to keep accurate records, issue IEP progress notes, provide proper documentation to parents, and provide the student with a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) during the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. The…

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McMinnville School District – Office for Civil Rights

An Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaint was recently filed against McMinnville School District (District.) The complaint alleges that the District’s websites discriminate against people with disabilities because the websites are inaccessible. The complaint was accepted by OCR and is currently being investigated. http://wiscarsonlawpc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/10201125-Notification-Ltr-C.pdf

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Hood River County School District – Office for Civil Rights

An Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaint was recently filed against Hood River County School District (District.) The complaint alleges that the District’s websites discriminate against people with disabilities because the websites are inaccessible. The complaint was accepted by OCR and is currently being investigated. http://wiscarsonlawpc.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/10201151-Notification-Ltr-C.pdf

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Hood River County School District Due Process

Wiscarson Law attorneys Diane Wiscarson and Taylar Vajda recently represented a Hood River County School District family in Due Process litigation. After several weeks of trial, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found in the student’s favor. The ALJ determined that the student had been denied a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for the entirety of the 2018 – 19 school…

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Hood River Voluntary Resolution

A complaint was recently filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the Hood River County School District (District). The complaint alleged that District was violating accessibility standards, such as not having enough accessible parking spots or appropriate wheelchair ramps. Before OCR issued their ruling, the District agreed to address these issues by signing a Voluntary Resolution Agreement (Agreement).…

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Yamhill County’s News-Register Summary

The McMinnville School District recently agreed to address a complaint that the District was dismissing students with disabilities earlier than their general education peers. This early dismissal led to reduce instruction time, which violates federal law. The superintendent of the District signed a voluntary resolution with the Office of Civil Rights that will require the District to “assess its programs,…

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Title IX Complaint Investigation

The McMinnville School District (District) has two ongoing Title IX allegations currently pending. First, the former girls’ cross-country coach, and five others, filed an official complaint with the U.S. District Court. They allege that the District retaliated against the girls’ program by hiring a new, part-time, cross country coach for the girls, while the boys program has both a head…

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