Education Rights Counsel

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Advocates for Educational Equity

Our Mission

FAPE for Students with Disabilities during COVID-19

"[States,  school districts] and schools must ensure that, to the greatest extent possible, each student with a disability can be provided the special education and related services identified in the student’s IEP developed under IDEA, or a plan developed under Section 504. (34 CFR §§ 300.101 and 300.201 (IDEA), and 34 CFR § 104.33 (Section 504))."


 

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"Continuity of learning is the continuation of education during a prolonged school closure"

COVID-19: Key Information

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos report to Congress on waivers April 27, 2020

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos report to Congress on waivers April 27, 2020

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos report to Congress on waivers April 27, 2020

As required by the CARES Act, Sec. DeVos details needed waivers.  Importantly, she did NOT recommend any waivers that would diminish the right to FAPE.  Thank you to all who wrote to their Senators about this!

NDE on Enrollment and Data Collection April 20, 2020

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos report to Congress on waivers April 27, 2020

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos report to Congress on waivers April 27, 2020

Nebraska's Department of Education makes it clear that districts must enroll students while maintaining continuity of education in an alternative learning environment.

Nebraska Executive Order for Educational Assessment Waivers April 20, 2020

US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos report to Congress on waivers April 27, 2020

Nebraska Executive Order for Educational Assessment Waivers April 20, 2020

Governor Ricketts declares certain state laws concerning  annual assessment of student learning and reporting are waived through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

NEBRASKA EXPECTATIONS FOR SCHOOLS

COVID-19 Form for those with disabilities

Nebraska Executive Order for Educational Assessment Waivers April 20, 2020

 Nebraska schools must provide continuity of education in an alternate learning environment through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, and provide equity for children with special needs

OPS Special Education Communications

COVID-19 Form for those with disabilities

COVID-19 Form for those with disabilities

OPS has issued expectations for teachers and families for Special Education Services during school building closures due to COVID-19

COVID-19 Form for those with disabilities

COVID-19 Form for those with disabilities

COVID-19 Form for those with disabilities

Created by Stonybrook University (NY), this form can be used to prepare individuals with disabilities for medical treatment.  Hospital staff are not letting families accompany patients, so this form should be completed proactively prior to seeking medical attention.

Harvard School of Education Resources during COVID

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

This link takes you to "an ongoing series about how schools and families can respond to change and disruption, build resilience, and help young people learn and thrive at home."

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Nebraska has issued a series of documents specific to COVID-19 and its impact on schools.

Office for Civil Rights Video

Additional Nebraska Department of Education Information

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

A short video on providing equal access when providing educational services online

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

For Specific advice issued by the US Department of Education and the Office for Civil Rights on access to education for disabled students during COVID-19

Related Information

Access to Special Education Services During Outbreak

Related Information

The United States Department of Education (US DOE) has also made available a series of documents related to the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on education

Our Programs

Direct Representation

Direct Representation

Direct Representation

individual representation

We provide advocacy, mediation and legal representation in limited engagements for low-income public school families needing help with special education, due process, and student discipline.


Research & Support

Direct Representation

Direct Representation

research and advocacy


We obtain data, and inform the public, elected officials, and other community organizations about the access-to-justice gap in Nebraska and its impact on Nebraska students.

Education

Direct Representation

Community Collaboration

education for families


We provide interactive programming to teach special education and student discipline rights, creating an informed "army of advocates" for children and families.

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

Community Collaboration

community collaboration

We collaborate with the educational community and existing social services to support their advocacy on behalf of families. 

Consulting Services

Community Collaboration

Consulting Services

consulting services

We offer consulting services to public and private entities involved in education, with a focus on special education and student discipline procedures.

Voices for Children selected Education Rights Counsel to be honored at their 2019 Spotlight Gala, shining the spotlight on those in our community who have made an exceptional impact on the lives of Nebraska's children and who have helped support Voices for Children's advocacy efforts.  

Contact Us

Education Rights Counsel

(402) 263-6200

Hours

Open today

09:00 am – 05:00 pm

Thank You

Thank you for your interest and support of Education Rights Counsel.  Your donations are changing children's lives.