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ODE finds PPS in Violation of IDEA for Failure to Evaluate

Wiscarson Law prevailed in a complaint against Portland Pubic Schools (District), which was filed with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in August 2021. The complaint noted that the District failed to allow Parents the opportunity to participate in deciding whether or not to evaluate Student, and subsequently, failed to evaluate Student. As a result, ODE concluded that the District…

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Judge Orders Hood River to Pay for a Year of Lost Education

KATU news reported a story on October 9, 2021, where a family discussed their Child’s challenges in accessing a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) through Hood River School District (District). The Frank family explained their experiences with having their child sent home early and continued challenges with the District. An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and federal court judge ordered the…

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Hood River Ordered to Pay 900 Hours in Compensatory Education

After a Due Process Hearing in which Wiscarson Law represented the family, Hood River County School District (District) was found to have denied Student access to an education by both an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and on appeal, a federal district court judge. The OPB article discusses how Student’s educational struggles started on his first day of kindergarten, when his…

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The Dos and Don’ts of Restraint and Seclusion Practices in Schools

In the Fall 2021 issue of SpectrumLife Magazine, Diane Wiscarson and Taylar Lewis explain what restraint and seclusion practices are and when they are used in school. The article discusses how schools are limited in using restraint and seclusion, the procedure schools must follow after using such practices, and what parents can do if they feel their child is being…

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PPS Violates the IDEA for Failure to Provide FAPE

  Wiscarson Law filed a state complaint with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) in July 2021 against Portland Public Schools (PPS). The complaint alleges that PPS failed to provide Student with IEP Progress Notes, Extended School Year (ESY) services, Recovery Services, and as a result, a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). ODE concluded that the District had in fact…

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Compensatory Education v. Recovery Services

In the Winter 2020-2021 issue of SpectrumLife Magazine, Diane Wiscarson and Taylar Lewis explain the difference between compensatory education and recovery services. The article discusses when recovery services are appropriate and how parents can show that their child qualifies for recovery services. View the article pages 26-27 in the Winter 2020-21 issue here:

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Seaside Signs Voluntary Resolution for Title IX Violations

An Office of Civil Rights (OCR) complaint was filed in March 2021 against Seaside School District (District). The complaint alleges that the District discriminated against female students by providing inequitable athletic facilities to the female athletic programs, as compared to the boys’ athletic programs. During the course of OCR’s investigation, OCR expressed concern with the girls’ softball team for having…

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