1. April 26, 2017

    Avoid Being Monetarily Fried by Fry

    BY: Adam Newman, Gabrielle Ortiz

    In the past, the IDEA’s exhaustion requirement has been applied in various parts of the United States to routinely bar lawsuits for injunctive relieve and/or money damages against school districts and their employees for violations of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), when administrative […] more

  2. May 26, 2015

    What It Really Means To Be a “Frivolous Claim” for Purposes of Fee-Shifting

    BY: Joanne Kim, Karen Gilyard

    A case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, C.W. v. Capistrano Unified School District, was decided on March 2, 2015 and involved the review of a district court’s award of attorney’s fees to a California school district upon a finding that the claims therein were frivolous, unreasonable, and without foundation. The IDEA provides […] more

  3. January 15, 2013

    Good-Bye STAR; Hello Common Core Standards – What This Means for Special Education

    BY: Adam Newman, Jennifer Fain

    California, along with 46 other states and the District of Columbia, are gearing-up to implement the common core standards for Math and English Language Arts in 2014. The intent of developing a national common core standard was to eliminate gaps in academic expectations throughout the United States and to more closely align the United States […] more

  4. November 27, 2012

    How to Say No: Fundamentals of Title 34 C.F.R. Section 300.503: The Prior Written Notice

    BY: Adam Newman

    Over the years two questions have come up frequently regarding prior written notices to parents/legal guardians: 1.  When is a LEA required to provide prior written notice (“PWN”)? 2.  What constitutes a legally sufficient PWN? Fortunately for LEAs, the IDEA and case law address both of these questions with some detail. When Notice is Required […] more

  5. October 23, 2012

    Education Attorney Joins AALRR’s Pleasanton Office

    BY: Elizabeth Rho-Ng

    PLEASANTON, Calif. —Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) is pleased to welcome partner Elizabeth J. Rho-Ng to its Pleasanton office, where she will work in the firm’s Education Practice. Rho-Ng represents public school districts on legal compliance issues related to students, including students with disabilities. She also brings extensive experience on topics ranging from […] more