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Hood River Signs Voluntary Resolution on ADA Violations

An ADA complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against Hood River County School District. The complaint alleged that the District was violating accessibility requirements by maintaining inaccessible parking lots and football bleachers.              The District agreed to address these issues by signing a Voluntary Resolution Agreement (Agreement). The Agreement requires the District to conduct an assessment…

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Accessibility Complaint Filed Against Hood River

An Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaint was filed in March 2020 against Hood River County School District (District). The complaint alleges that the District discriminated against individuals with disabilities by failing to provide adequate accessible parking spaces and accessible bleachers for sporting facilities. The complaint was accepted by OCR and is currently being investigated. Hood River School District ADA…

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Hood River Signs Voluntary Resolution for Title IX Violation

A Title IX complaint was filed with the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) against the Hood River County School District. The complaint alleged that the District was violating Title IX by providing unequal athletic facilities to athletes on the basis of gender. The complaint included examples such as the girls’ softball team having to commute much farther for practices and…

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Title IX Complaint Filed Against Hood River

An Office for Civil Rights (OCR) complaint was filed in February 2020 against Hood River County School District (District.) The complaint alleges that the District has been discriminating against the girls’ softball team by providing inferior facilities and amenities to the boys’ baseball team. The complaint was accepted by OCR and is currently being investigated. See full complaint here: http://wiscarsonlawpc.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Hood-River-Title-IX-Complaint.pdf

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Issaquah School District Violates Individual with Disabilities Education Act

The Issaquah School District was ordered to pay $154,000 in private school tuition and $7600 in transportation costs for failing to provide an adequate education to a student receiving special education services. The Issaquah Reporter noted that the student severely struggled in the Issaquah School District, but now excels in his private school placement.

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FERPA and HIPAA: What Are They and How Do They Affect Children in Special Education?

In the Spring 2021 issue of SpectrumLife Magazine, Diane Wiscarson and Susana Ramirez explain the difference between FERPA and HIPAA. The article discusses how each applies to student information at the school district level. View the article from pages 30-31 in the Spring 2021 issue here: https://www.spectrumlife.org/blog/how-do-ferpa-and-hipaa-privacy-laws-affect-students-in-special-education-642

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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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