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Summary Judgment in Special Education Appeal

Connecticut Board of Education

Obtained a successful summary judgment in the District Court for the District of Connecticut in a special education appeal for a Connecticut Board of Education client.  At issue was whether a highly specialized and successful special education transition program run by the school district provided appropriate services to a student with emotional and behavioral disorders and whether the district’s proposed program for a post- secondary transition year would meet the student’s unique needs.  The parents demanded that the school district pay for a private, for-profit program modeled after the school’s existing program.  The judge concluded that the school district complied with the complex procedural requirements of federal and state special education law and provided appropriate services to the student that were not only adequate under the law, but allowed the student to make significant gains.  The district court’s decision clarified federal and State case law on a variety of legal issues affecting Connecticut school districts.  


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