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New Landmark U.S. Court Decision Sets New Legal Standard On Bullied Students And IDEA Special Education Violations By Schools

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A learning-disabled third-grader who was cruelly bullied by classmates at highly rated PS 6 on the Upper East Side was deprived of her educational rights — and the city must pay for her tuition at a private school, a top appellate court has ruled.


The landmark decision by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit found that Principal Lauren Fontana “stonewalled” the girl’s parents, refusing to discuss the bullying or address it in her special-education plan.


The three-member appellate panel unanimously upheld a ruling by federal Judge Jack Weinstein that the city Department of Education violated the US Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

U.S. Department of Education ripped for security breach more devastating than OPM’s

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U.S. Department of Education SERAPH School Services

 

The Department of Education is primed for a large data breach that could eclipse the one experienced by the Office of Personnel and Management (OPM), House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said last week at a Brookings Institute function.

U.S. CRACKS DOWN ON FEMALE TEACHERS WHO SEXUALLY ABUSE STUDENTS

U.S. CRACKS DOWN ON FEMALE TEACHERS WHO SEXUALLY ABUSE STUDENTS seraph.net

U.S. CRACKS DOWN ON FEMALE TEACHERS WHO SEXUALLY ABUSE STUDENTS seraph.net

 

A “Saturday Night Live” skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy’s dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media.

The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims’ advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students.

Feds Warn Schools On Bullying Of Kids With Disabilities IDEA Crackdown

In response to a record number of complaints about bullying, U.S. Department of Education officials sent out a detailed letter to the nation’s schools outlining their legal responsibilities to students with disabilities.

 

The U.S. Department of Education said in a letter to school officials this week that they are obligated under federal law to respond immediately when bullying of students with disabilities is suspected and act to halt attacks and prevent any recurrence.

 

The letter comes after an ever-increasing number of complaints and law suits related to bullying of special needs students have occurred in recent years.

Superintendents School Board Members: ACCURATE FACTS AND ASSISTANCE IN PROTECTING YOUR SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS FROM EBOLA

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SERAPH School Safety

 

The United States has an outbreak of enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) which is harmful to children.

 

You have questions about the Ebola virus. The U.S. Department of Education has a number of informational resources to share with you.

 

Most of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) cases this year of EV-D68 infection have been among children.

 

CDC resources about EV-D68 for Parents:

 

FCC to Spend $2 Billion to Improve Wi-Fi in Schools

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Schools Wi-Fi

 

The Federal Communications Commission plans to spend $2 billion in the next two years to ensure American students have access to fast Wi-Fi networks at schools and libraries.

 
Schools have complained for years that their Internet connections are too slow to take advantage of new educational tools. Friday, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his long-awaited plan to revamp the E-Rate program, which funds communications services at schools and libraries. The FCC plans to spend $1 billion in both 2015 and 2016 to connect an additional 10 million students to Wi-Fi, and will wind down funding for landlines, pagers and other non-broadband services.

BULLY RESEARCH BREAKTHROUGH As popularity rises, so does risk of being bullied

Bullying help students SERAPH

Bullying help students SERAPH

 

Michelle Healy, USA TODAY

New research suggests that as students become more popular and climb the social hierarchy of middle and high school, they are at increased risk for gossip, harassment and even physical attacks from rivals competing for status.

And the adverse consequences of that bullying — including increased depression, anxiety and anger, and decreased school attachment — are magnified the more popular the victim, according to the paper published in April’s American Sociological Review.

U.S. JUSTICE DEPT STUDY INDICATES ZERO TOLERANCE POLICIES MAY HAVE AN ADVERSE EFFECT ON STUDENTS

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A recently published research brief by Child Trends, “Multiple Responses, Promising Results: Evidence-Based, Non punitive Alternatives To Zero Tolerance,” suggests that zero tolerance school discipline policies have not been proven effective by research and may have negative effects, making students more likely to drop out and less likely to graduate on time. Instead, the brief recommends the use of non punitive disciplinary action, such as behavior interventions, social skills classes, and character education.

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FREE WEBINAR: Three High Liability Issues with the Management of Special Needs Students

The TASA Group and SERAPH present a free webinar on Legal Liability and Special Needs Students.

During this program, the presenter will cover three key issues related to safety and security problems involving special needs students in elementary, middle and high school:

* Lack of Accurate Understanding of Federal Law Regarding Special Education
* Safety Concerns: A Management Issue
* Poor Management of Students: The Real Problem

The TASA Group, Inc. Presents: Three High Liability Issues with the Management of Special Needs Students

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SCHOOLS OBSESSED WITH SECURITY EQUIPMENT

One of the great frustrations we at SERAPH have had in our work with securing school environments over the past 20 years is the obsession many school board members and school administrators have with security equipment such as cameras.

In this article we will set the record straight about security equipment; when is it useful and when it increases security problems?

After the Columbine massacre on April 20, 1999 the school spent an obscene amount of money on security equipment for the high school. Six months later a student walked through these systems with a loaded handgun. The school administrators didn’t understand school safety before April 20th and they had learned little after it. Human beings must manage other human beings!