The RTI Action Network has published two documents from the special ed legal scholar, Perry Zirkel.  The first one, The Legal Dimension of RTI: Part 1. The Basic Building Blocks, can be downloaded from:

and Part II: State Laws and Guidelines, can be downloaded from:


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new data revealing fresh truths about the journey America’s young people take from pre-kindergarten through high school graduation.  The new Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) shines a spotlight on whether schools are providing the opportunity for all our students to be prepared to compete in the 21st century global economy.

See the full report here.


The DC Court of Appeals has ruled that cochlear mapping is not a related service (this is actually what the IDEA regs state explicitely). While this decision does not apply nationwide, the federal court is often a bellweather for other federal court decisions.

Federal appellate court rules that mapping of cochlear implants is not a “related service” under IDEA


The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new data that highlights inequities for minority students, including students with disabilities. The data includes information on restraint and seclusion, disaggregated by disability status. For example, out of nearly 40,000 students who were physically restrained, 70% of the cases involved students with disabilities. It also includes information on teacher equity, college and career readiness, bullying and other forms of discipline.

Additionally, NDRN just released an updated report on R/S cases, urging the Dept of Education to do more to prevent the use of these techniques. The new report, along with previous versions, can be found here.

Summary of OCR data can be found here.

A data collection website, where you can find detailed information by district or school can be found here.

More information about the Civil Rights Data Collection can be found here.


The Southwest ADA Center has published a new resource titled "Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals - Where are they allowed and under what conditions?"

Download the publication.


The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a Dear Colleague letter concerning the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act. The letter and accompanying Frequently Asked Questions document provide additional guidance on the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act in elementary and secondary schools, given the changes to those laws made by the ADA Amendments Act.

Download the Dear Colleague letter.

Download the FAQs.

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