Sheff v. O’Neill
Sheff v. O’Neill is a landmark civil rights lawsuit that seeks educational equality. The plaintiffs continue to advocate for the State of Connecticut to uphold the constitutional rights of children in Hartford to an equal educational opportunity.
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Federal Laws, Regulations & Policies
Connecticut Laws, Regulations & Policies
Special Education Eligibility until Age 22, A.R. v. Connecticut State Board of Education. July 10, 2020
CT Special Education Guidelines State Department of Education
Connecticut Assistive Technology Guidelines for students with disabilities
Special Education Hearing Decisions
Special Education: Protecting Your Child, Protecting Your Rights, Connecticut Legal Services
Five Year Comprehensive Plan for Education (2006 – 2011) adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education, January 3, 2007
Special Education Procedural Safeguards
Uninterrupted Scholars Act: guidance from Commissioner Pryor, State Dept of Ed; and Commissioner Katz, Dept of Children & Families, 2014
Mastery-Based Learning, Guidelines for Implementation, Connecticut State Dept of Education, 2015
Connecticut Education Law, Connecticut State Board of Education, Jan 2015
Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education Resources
Connecticut Special Education Forms
Helpful Websites and Resources on Special Education in Connecticut
Special Education Resources from the Center for Children’s Advocacy
- Expulsion Complaint: Alicia B., PPA through her Parent and Next Friend, Cynthia B; Tobias J., PPA through his Parent and Next Friend, Robert J. v. Governor Dannel Malloy; Dianna Wentzell, commissioner of the Sate Dept of Education; Allan Taylor, Chair, State Board of Education; Beth Schiavino-Narvaez, Superintendent, Hartford Board of Education; Matthew Geary, Superintendent, Manchester Board of Education; James Thompson, Jr., Superintendent, Bloomfield Board of Education. Dec 2015. Center for Children’s Advocacy, National Center for Youth Law, K&L Gates, LLP
- Alternative Schools – Avoiding “Push Out”
Presentation on the legal rights of students experiencing Push Out – pressure from the school to withdraw and attend an Alternative School or Program. Center for Children’s Advocacy, May 2013.
- Preventing School PushOut
A report on the Center’s work to prevent school push out and its devastating effect on minority students in Connecticut’s poorest cities. Center for Children’s Advocacy, Sep 2013.
- Report on Truancy: A Closer Look
A closer look at the link between unmet educational needs and truancy. Center for Children’s Advocacy 2006.
- Las Niñas Silenciadas
Broken Links between Language, Culture and Learning. Center for Children’s Advocacy 2009.
- Listening to Latinas
Barriers to High School Graduation. National Women’s Law Center 2009.
- National Dropout Prevention Center
- Improving the Odds
- School Connectedness
- School Climate Standards
- Bullying: Questions and Answers (English)
- Bullying: Questions and Answers (Spanish)
English Language Learners
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act
Homeless Youth/Unaccompanied Minors