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Special Education

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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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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