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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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COVID-19 Beaverton SD Update

Beaverton School District (BSD) recently released their tentative back-to-school plan. The BSD model has two paths: a) school-based hybrid model, or b) FLEX online school. The hybrid model includes both virtual learning and in-person learning. BSD explains that all daily work will be delivered online by neighborhood or option school teachers and the in-person instruction is intended to be “extra”…

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COVID-19 Medford SD Update

Medford School District (MSD) recently released its plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year. The first week of school will be pushed back a week (to September 7, 2020) to serve as a “soft start.” Kindergarten to sixth grade students will attend onsite school five days per week. Seventh to twelfth grade students will use a “hybrid” approach.…

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COVID-19 PPS Update

Portland Public Schools (PPS), the largest school district in Oregon, recently shared its tentative back-to-school plan for the 2020-2021 school year. The first day of school this year is September 2, 2020. The first two weeks of the year are slated to be a “check-in” period. Teachers can talk to students, collaborate with families about programs, and generally ease students…

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