Education Law Blog

March 23, 2020

A New School Year: 180 over 365

A proposal to reduce district liability and improve student outcomes As stated by our state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), “[o]n March 11, […]
March 17, 2020

Special Education Services During COVID-19 School Closures

In response to COVID-19, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the closure of all public and private schools in Washington State through April 24, possibly longer. “During mandatory […]
July 2, 2019

How to Talk About Learning Disabilities, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, and Dysgraphia

Eleven national organizations worked together to create this resource excerpted below: Parents and educators may have different opinions about specific terms like dyslexia or more general […]
March 12, 2019

New Student Discipline Rules Implementation

Here’s a bulletin issued by OSPI on the new student discipline rules. You can find read more about it on the State Office of the Superintendent […]
February 6, 2019

School Safety Bills Before the 2019 Washington State Legislature

Everyone can agree that schools should be safe, but there are wide differences of opinion on how to accomplish that. While every effort should be made to prevent school shootings and other such tragedies, the same effort must be made to ensure due process protections are utilized to prevent false accusations against students who pose no risk at all.
January 2, 2019

New Beginnings for 2019

Thank you to all of our supporters for a fantastic 2018. This year, we added three new attorneys to our team, expanded our practice into employment […]
November 15, 2018
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Hot Law: Cannabis in Schools

Update: On April 30, 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed “Ducky’s Bill,” which will allow students in Washington to access medical marijuana therapies in the school setting. For […]
October 20, 2018

Halloween Costumes at School: Balancing School Needs and Student First Amendment Rights

Let’s be clear – students do not have a constitutional right to wear Halloween costumes at school. Public schools can make students wear uniforms if they […]
October 10, 2018

Paraeducator Support as a Supplementary Aid and Service: An Overview of Special Education Citizen Complaint (SECC) NO. 17-49

When I first arrived in Seattle in 2010, I kept hearing the same refrain about how a 1:1 aide in the general education setting impacted least […]