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Special Education


Racial Perspectives on Eligibility for Special Education
For Students of Color Who are Struggling, is Special Education a Potential Evil or a Potential Good? Read More

Unlikely Clarity - Reviewing Special Education Decisions in the Second Circuit
Much of the discussion in special education case law centers on individualized education plans (IEPs)2, those statutory creations required to ensure that children with disabilities that adversely impact their education, and who could benefit from special education services, receive assistance tailored to their particular needs. Read More

Special Education Compliance Within Rochester City School District
The quest to comply with both state and federal special education standards has been an ongoing challenge for the Rochester City School District. Read More

Special Education: Articles


RCSD special ed director will now head state program
Rochester City School District special education director Chris Suriano has been named the head of special education for the entire state, following a vote from the state Board of Regents. Read More

RCSD faces potential lawsuit over special ed programs
In 2016 as in 1981, the Empire Justice Center, a statewide nonprofit law firm representing the poor and disabled, contends the district is failing its 5,900 students with disabilities in nearly every way. Read More


Legal Services Journal - Winter 2010-2011 Issue
The Winter 2010 - 2011 issue of the Legal Services Journal features articles on Consumer Issues, Special Education, Food Stamps and Disability Benefits. Read More

Legal Services Journal - Summer 2009 Issue
The Summer 2009 issue of the Legal Services Journal has a wide range of articles. With a highlight on Empire Justice Center's legislative outcomes and articles on Child Care, Civil Rights, Community Development, Consumer, Disability Benefits, Domestic Violence, Employment, Health, Housing, Immigrant Rights, Language Access and Public Benefits. Read More


Special Ed Litigation: Achieving Systemic Change within School Districts
From Greece, NY to New York City, public interest attorneys have challenged school districts' systemic failures to provide appropriate educational support to students with disabilities. In this session, attorneys and advocates will learn about the most recent cases, as well as "cutting-edge strategies" for litigating systems-change lawsuits that aim to compel school districts to improve services for large numbers of students. Read More