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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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District agrees to make sure school day is the same length

From Yamhill County’s News-Register June 12,2020 McMinnville School District has agreed to address a complaint that schools dismissed some students with disabilities earlier than the rest of the student body, reducing their instruction time. Federal law requires schools to treat all students the same. Maryalice Russell, who signed a voluntary resolution with the state on Monday, said, “It’s the right…

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OCR Reference No. 10201073 Summary

Wiscarson Law filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the McMinnville School District, alleging that the District was discriminating against students with disabilities by dismissing those students early. Students with disabilities who rode specialized buses were let go before general education students, leading to less instructional time. Before OCR issued their ruling, the District agreed to…

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Placement vs. Location – What Does It Mean?

In this next Spectrum Life article, written by Diane Wiscarson and Kelsey Coulter of Wiscarson Law, the difference between placement and location is explained. Placement refers to the type of educational program and location refers to a geographical site.  To learn more about these sometimes confused terms, click on the link below. https://www.spectrumlife.org/blog/placement-vs-location-what-does-it-mean

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