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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.

Texas School District Required to Provide Bus Monitors with...

Mar 28 2012
 A state hearing officer ruled in Corpus Christi Independent School District, 57 IDELR 297 (Tex. SEA 2011) that the school district failed to provide appropriate personnel support so that a  student...

OSEP Letter Reinforces that Services are Based on Student...

Mar 7 2012
As we know, special education services for children with disabilities are provided to meet the individual needs of the particular student with a disability. Still, it is good to see the Office of...

Florida Department of Education Required to Pay for...

Feb 23 2012
In Seminole County (FL) School District, 58 IDELR 113 (OCR 2011), the parents of a 5th grade student with cerebral palsy and a visual impairment complained to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) that...

Colorado District's Failure to Evaluate Student While...

Jan 23 2012
In Harrison (CO) School District Two, 57 IDELR 295 (OCR 2011),  the Office for Civil Rights determined that implementing RTI strategies did not offset the school district's failure to timely evaluate...

OSEP Letter says school districts may set timelines for...

Jan 4 2012
In Letter to Addressee 111 LRP 68370 (OSEP 2011), the Office of Special Education Programs has stated that school districts, as part of their Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) criteria, may...

Illinois School District Should Have Addressed Student...

Jan 4 2012
 In City of Chicago School District 299, 57 IDELR 29, (SEA  Il 2011) an 8th Grade boy  with specific learning disabilities exhibited problems with reading, writing, listening, and integrating sensory...

Senator Harkin Introduces Keeping All Students Safe Act

Dec 19 2011
     Last Friday December 16 2011, Senator Tom Harkin (D. Iowa) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act . Similar legislation was introduced last year and passed the House of Representatives,...

OCR Rules School District Violated 504 by Isolating Special...

Nov 3 2011
The Office for Civil Rights found  that a Tennessee school district violated Section 504 when it placed 14 middle schoolers with severe disabilities in a self-contained classroom that was housed in...

OSEP Spanish Glossary Now Available

Sep 26 2011
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has published a Spanish Glossary with over 250 IDEA related terms in Spanish. The OSEP Spanish Glossary was developed to ensure that educational terms...

U.S. Department of Education Issues Part C Regulations

Sep 7 2011
     Today, the Department of Education (the Department) issued the final regulations for the early intervention program under Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

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