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Court Rules CT Schools Must Offer Special Education Services to Age 22

A landmark court decision is likely to have a significant impact on the state’s special education student population and a financial impact for school districts. Earlier this month a federal district court ruled that, consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Connecticut school districts must offer a free, appropriate, public education to special education students until they graduate from high school or turn 22, whichever comes first.

Prior to the decision in A.R. v. Connecticut State Board of Education, special education students were only eligible for services until graduation or the end of the school year in which they turn age 21. Based on this ruling, it appears that special education students will now be eligible for potentially as much as an additional year of special education services. Read more

Hayes and Murphy Address Education Concerns During Tele-Town Hall

Despite the social distancing restrictions now in place due to COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to communicate with your elected officials, at the local, state, and federal levels. During a tele-town hall yesterday with Congresswoman Jahana Hayes and constituents, Senator Chris Murphy reinforced this message saying, “Everything that Jahana and I do we do on orders from you.” He encouraged Connecticut residents to email, call, or write their senators and representatives, as well as take part in virtual meetings.  

Constituents asked questions on a number of issues related to the current health crisis, and several questions involved public education. Read more