Recent Case Study: Police Referrals Disproportionately Affect Students With Disabilities

A recent study found that students with disabilities made up 50% of school disciplinary referrals to police in Connecticut. Approximately twenty-four high schools across Connecticut routinely refer disciplinary measures to the local police departments for students that are federally protected with a behavior-based disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. To view statistics within your local […]

Emergency Broadband Benefit for Connecticut Families

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) recently shared information pertaining to the Emergency Broadband Benefits program (EBB) for qualified families. The EBB program provides a series of monthly discounts for broadband service and associated equipment to qualifying households. Currently, 1 in 12 eligible households have enrolled in the program nationally, meaning a large share of […]

Connecticut Public Schools Rank Third in the Nation

Education Week recently announced that Connecticut’s K-12 public schools rank 3rd in the nation. The report analyzes educational performance student data across all 50 states for the 2021 calendar year. States are graded and ranked by 3 categories: Chance for Success (Jan), School Finance (June), K-12 Achievement (September). According to the data collected by EducationWeek, the U.S. […]

The 13 Disability Categories Under IDEA

Connecticut Special Education Eligibility Worksheets: What are the Disability Categories Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in Connecticut? By Connecticut Special Education & Certified Child Advocate, Attorney Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. | Forte Law Group LLC Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), public school districts are required to provide special education […]

Schools Must Still Identify Students with Disabilities Despite COVID-19 Pandemic, Says U.S. Department of Education

By Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. | Forte Law Group LLC On August 24, 2021, the United States Department of Education issued new guidance for all schools across the United States to follow for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year. Despite all the challenges that are faced by the COVID-19 virus, schools are still legally obligated under […]

U.S. Department of Education Approves Connecticut’s Plan

U.S. Department of Education Approves Connecticut’s Plan for Use of American Rescue Plan Funds to Support K-12 Schools and Students, Distributes Remaining $369 Million to State The U.S. Department of Education recently announced the approval of Connecticut’s American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) plan thereby distributing the remaining remaining ARP […]

Updated Guidance for the Use of Mitigation Strategies in Connecticut’s PreK-12 Schools as the result of COVID-19

On August 19, 2021, the Connecticut State Department of Education issued updated guidance for the use of the latest mitigation strategies that will be used throughout Connecticut’s Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade schools. The latest update, consisting of 9 pages of content, is guidance that local school districts should follow and use to help mitigate the […]

Long COVID as a Disability Under Section 504 and the IDEA

By Special Education Attorney & Certified Child Advocate, Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. | Forte Law Group LLC Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, children have unfortunately been contracting the virus. And, with the increase associated with the new COVID delta variant strain, medical experts are referring to what some call “long COVID.” The United States Department of […]

What does a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) mean?

By Connecticut Special Education Attorney, Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. | Forte Law Group LLC If you live in Connecticut and have a child with a disability, you will want to familiarize yourself with available resources about special education law in order to more fully advocate for your child’s educational needs. Under the Individuals with Disabilities […]

What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

By Connecticut Special Education Lawyer, Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. | Forte Law Group LLC  One of the most important laws for parents of a child with a disability to know when dealing with their child’s right to receiving special education is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”).  United States Congress enacted the Individuals with […]

Op-Ed: Congress Takes A Step To Help Special Needs Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has created severe school funding shortages throughout the country, and unfortunately the shortages impact students with disabilities the hardest. Thanks to staunch support from several U.S. senators, including Connecticut’s Sen. Chris Murphy, and lawmakers from Maryland and New Hampshire, the Senate, earlier this month, passed a plan that includes funding to support […]

What a Parent-Client Should Expect at their First Legal Consultation with a Connecticut Special Education Attorney

By Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. – Special Education Attorney & Certified Child Advocate Regardless of the area of law, all attorneys must meet with a prospective client in what is commonly referred to as “the initial legal consultation.” This critical meeting is the first meeting that is held between you, the potential new client, and […]

With distance-learning the norm now, can I record my child’s class session?

Special education attorney Jeffrey Forte of Fairfield County is interviewed by CT Post reporter, Jo Kroeker, about whether or not parents can record their child’s class session during distance-learning. https://www.ctinsider.com/news/coronavirus/ctpost Darien parent Tricia Bresnahan said her son, a seventh grader, benefits both from the group instruction online for general education and, when it starts, one-on-one […]

Coronavirus & Compensatory Education: Students with disabilities are missing out during COVID-19

As Published by The Hartford Courant By Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. Op-Ed Contributing Writer To See The Hartford Courant Article, click here or read below: Students with disabilities are missing out during COVID-19 By Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq. Of nearly 550,000 students currently enrolled across Connecticut’s 200 school districts, there are some 80,000 students with […]