The ultimate resource for success in special education—newly updated!
If you’d wanted to be a lawyer, you would have gone to law school. How could you have predicted you’d need legal knowledge after all? Here is your essential guide. Osborne and Russo, past presidents of the Educational Law Association, are experts in translating legalese into a language educators can understand.
Updated to reflect significant court decisions and new legal developments, this is your road map to meeting today’s special education requirements. The latest edition features
- Extensive coverage of IDEA’s reauthorization, Section 504 and the ADA, and FAPE and LRE
- New analysis of parent and student rights
- Guidance on discipline
- A preventative approach to special education litigation
- Focus on federal and state interpretations of the law
Designed for educators, this practical resource allows you to focus on your core competency: providing excellent education for students with special needs.
“Some books are carefully placed on bookshelves and easily forgotten, while others sit on desks with their spines cracked and well worn from use. My copy of Osborne's and Russo's Third Edition of Special Education and the Law will soon be dog eared, highlighted in yellow, its margins scribbled with notes. Read it and you will use it.”
—Todd A. DeMitchell, Professor
University of New Hampshire
“Every administrator should have this in their professional library to guide them in making appropriate decisions in scheduling and meeting students’ needs.”
—Dr. Elizabeth Alvarez, Principal
Chicago Public Schools
Inclusion of new case law: Since the revised Second Edition of Special Education and the Law: AGuide for Practitioners was published in 2007, federal and state courts have decided over 900 cases in disputes involving special education. While the majority of these judgments are consistent with prior case law, many deal with new issues or matters specific to the 2004 IDEA amendments. The third edition will add discussions based on the cases that break new ground. Further, we will update our discussions of what have been treated as settled issues to include specific citations to more recent, and arguably more relevant, case law.
A new chapter on Section 504 and the ADA: In light of increased litigation filed under Section 504 and the ADA, coupled with the recent guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education regarding school board obligations to athletes with disabilities under these laws, we will add a new chapter on the obligation of school boards to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities who may not qualify for services under the IDEA but are covered by these antidiscrimination statutes. This chapter will include a section devoted to sports and other extracurricular activities. Moreover, the chapter will address such cases as D.L. v. Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners and Baltimore City Public Schools (2013) wherein the Fourth Circuit found that Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act does not require local boards to provide services to students whose parents have enrolled them in non-public schools.
Include a one-sentence quotation from a judicial opinion right under each chapter title: Quotations selected will exemplify the chapter content and help to set the tone for the chapter. In addition, they will give readers a sample of actual judicial language.
Add a text box at the beginning of each chapter outlining the key concepts of the chapter: We have done this in our other books and it has received favorable comments from reviewers.
Change citations from APA style to numbered endnotes placed at the end of each chapter: We did this in our last book, based on comments from reviewers, and have been told that it makes the text easier to read. Using APA style citations tends to interrupt the flow of the text.
Revise the "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)" section of each chapter: The answers to many of these questions need to be revised based on recent litigation. Also, since new issues have emerged, we are likely to develop additional questions and answers.
Revise the "Recommendations" section of each chapter: This section also needs to be revised for the same reason as the FAQ material.