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Randy Chapman

Author: Randy Chapman, Esq.

Randy Chapman has been the director of legal services at Disability Law Colorado since 1980. He played a pivotal role in the development of disability law and helped break ground in implementing special education law.

He has authored multiple publications about special education law, and overseen legal representation to more than 25,000 people with disabilities in Colorado.

Change in Location Can Be A Change in Placement

Feb 26 2013
     Some school districts and their counsel assert that, under the IDEA, a change in location of service delivery is not a change in placement if the IEP services remain the same. If the location...

18 Days of Early Dismissals Constitute a Pattern Requiring...

Feb 6 2013
In South Bronx (NY) Classical Charter School, 59 IDELR 231 (OCR 2012) the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) determined that the school's frequent early dismissals of a kindergartner with a speech/...

Office for Civil Rights Issues Guidance on Extracurricular...

Jan 28 2013
Last Friday, January 25, 2013, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued a formal guidance to clarify the 504 responsibility of schools to ensure  that students with disabilities have equal access to ...

FERPA Amended to Let Schools Release Student Records to...

Jan 10 2013
On New Year's Day the House of Representatives passed the Uninterrupted Scholars Act , S. 3472 that amends the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow schools to release a student'...

FERPA Amended to Let Schools Release Student Records to...

Jan 10 2013
On New Year’s Day the House of Representatives passed the Uninterrupted Scholars Act , S.

High School Athletic Association must Comply with 504 and...

Jan 9 2013
In People of the State of Illinois v Illinois High School Athletic Association, 59 IDELR 153 (N.D. Ill 2012), the Office of the Attorney General in Illinois sought an injunction against the Illinois...

Bus Suspension Requires MDR Even if Parent Drives Student...

Oct 31 2012
Melody Musgrove, the Director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) provided guidance regarding a school district's obligation to conduct a manifestation determination when a child is...

Massachusetts District Violates 504 by Not Meeting Student...

Oct 10 2012
     A Massachusetts School District violated a student's 504 Plan by not providing training for staff on how to use an FM sound amplification system and not providing a back-up device for a student...

Massachusetts District Violates 504 by Not Meeting Student’...

Oct 10 2012
     A Massachusetts School District violated a student’s 504 Plan by not providing training for staff on how to use an FM sound amplification system and not providing a back-up device for a student...

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