National Case Law Update (NEW)
Dr. Perry Zirkel (Lehigh University Professor emeritus of education and law), presenter
This session will provide a fast-paced and well-organized year in review of published court decisions under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and, secondarily, under Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The purpose will be to identify current trends and emerging issues. The primary focus will be on the latest refinements of the case law specific to the central IDEA obligation of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and the remedies for denial of FAPE, such as tuition reimbursement and compensatory education. Overall, Dr. Zirkel will highlight recent developments with practical implications for various role groups, including parent and school attorneys, special education supervisors/directors, hearing officers, and SEA personnel.
Crystal Ball of Emerging Issues in Special Education Law (NEW)
Dr. Zirkel, presenter
Join Dr. Zirkel as he cautiously predicts issues that may arise during the next few years in terms of case law and statutory/regulatory changes at the federal and state levels. The case law issues are of two separate varieties – 1) technical, or purely adjudicative, developments, such as the latest interpretations of the limitations period for impartial hearings under the IDEA, and 2) practical issues, such as the evolving impact of RTI/MTSS, Endrew F., and Sec.504/ADA. The legislative/regulatory issues include the current OSEP/OCR policies, state laws on dyslexia and special education vouchers, and the interaction of the adjudicative and investigative processes under the IDEA and Sec. 504.