LAW 639-01 Special Education Law

This course will provide an overview of the legal rights of public school students identified with special education needs and the responsibilities of school districts to meet those needs. Issues to be addressed will include: eligibility and evaluation of students, team meetings, individualized educational plans, placements, discipline, transition services, and due process hearings. Legal principles governing special education will be explored through cases decided by the courts and the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals. Rights and responsibilities under the anti-discrimination law known as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 will also be addressed. The course material will be presented through class discussions and student presentations. Students will be introduced to the special education litigation process and will be assigned roles representing parents or school districts.