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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.

Charter school violated IDEA by dis-enrolling student...

Aug 13 2013
In an unpublished opinion the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a charter school violated the stay put provisions of the IDEA by dis-enrolling a student with Down syndrome after she missed 10...

MDR Teams Must Look beyond the Student’s Special Education...

Aug 8 2013
One benefit of having a blog is having a forum to express my pet peeves. A major pet peeve of mine is those school districts and their attorneys who refuse to consider information related to...

Compliance with the IDEA does not always equal compliance...

Aug 7 2013
     In K.M. by Bright v. Tustin Unified Sch. Dist., 113 LRP 3187 (9th Cir. 08/06/13), the 9th Circuit of Appeals determined that the fact the school district developed an appropriate IEP for a...

Charter School should have acted proactively to evaluate...

Jul 29 2013
     The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) determined that a Charter School in Colorado should have noticed when a student with cerebral palsy suddenly began using a wheelchair and should have evaluated...

Parents Right to Participate in IEP Meeting Trumps Annual...

Jul 1 2013
A child’s individualized educational program (IEP) must be reviewed annually. It is good that the IDEA requires at least an annual review of the IEP, but I hear that parents are frequently told by...

District’s alleged disregard of bullying supports parents...

May 22 2013
     In Sutherlin v. Independent School District No 40 of Nowata County Oklahoma 113 LRP 20535 (N.D. Okla. 05/13/13), the U. S.

Justice Department Determines Private School Voucher...

May 7 2013
     Last week the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a letter to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) affirming that Wisconsin must ensure that students with disabilities who seek...

School District Erroneously Requires Parent to Provide...

Apr 4 2013
In South Monterey County (CA) Joint Union High School District 112 LRP 28705 (OCR 2012), the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) determined that a school district had violated Section 504 by requiring that...

In Reviewing MDR Decisions, Hearing Officers May Consider...

Apr 3 2013
Students with disabilities, like all students, may be disciplined for violating the school's code of conduct.

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