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Posted: 12/27/2017

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a question-and-answer document supporting the unanimous Supreme Court opinion on Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District in March 2017. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)-related case clarifies the scope of a free appropriate public education (FAPE).

The Department issued the Q&A document to provide information to parents, educators, and others on the issues addressed in the case and the impact of the Court’s decision. The document also explains how FAPE is currently defined, clarifies the standard for determining FAPE, and addresses how this ruling can support children with disabilities.

View the Q&A document on the U.S. Department of Education website

View the Supreme Court decision on the SCOTUSblog website

Posted: 10/9/2017

Minnesota school districts are currently required to develop a local literacy plan to ensure that all students are reading well by no later than the end of third grade. Minnesota school districts are also now required to report K-2 summary reading data, reading disability identification efforts and provision of alternate instruction along with their Local Literacy Plans to the Minnesota Education Commissioner by July 1 of each year.

During the 2017 legislative session, new language was added to the “Reading Well by Third grade” law that included three new school district requirements.

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Posted: 8/23/2017

PACER Center presented a workshop for youth 16-24 and their families in Marshall, Minn. on Sept. 13. Here’s what the Marshall Independent newspaper had to say about “What Families Need to Know about Career Pathways and WorkForce Centers.”

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Posted: 7/23/2017

Here's a link to the fair's accessibility information for guests with disabilities. Minnesota State Fair Accessibility

Posted: 5/3/2017

A Minnesota family is on a mission to spread the word about an organization that gave their son a better chance at life.

Andrew Olson was born with a rare disorder called Jaubert syndrome. It affects an area of the brain that controls coordination and balance. But Andrew has defied the odds thanks to the help of a local organization.

Andrew has come a long way. The 18-year-old was diagnosed with Jaubert syndrome as a baby.

“The outlook was scary,” Andrew’s mother Jackie said. “We were told he would never walk, never talk, most likely. We were prepared for a bleak life with this little man.”

That did not turn out to be the case. Shortly after Andrew’s diagnosis, his parents turned to the Pacer Center — an organization that helps find families resources and treatment for children with disabilities.

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Posted: 4/10/2017

Sixth-grader Molly Gilbert’s health condition has meant she is out of school more often than not. But PACER’s VGo Robot has given Molly a new, virtual presence at Oak-Land Junior High in Stillwater, Minnesota. Read more about how “Gilbot” has changed things for Molly!

Posted: 3/23/2017

In a unanimous 8-0 decision issued this morning, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that schools must provide more than a “merely more than de minimis” education program to students with disabilities. Sending the case back to the 10th circuit, the Court did not define that standard but in the ruling stated, ““For children with disabilities, receiving instruction that aims so low would be tantamount to ‘sitting idly … awaiting the time when they were old enough to ‘drop out.’ The IDEA demands more. It requires an educational program reasonably calculated to enable a child to make progress appropriate in light of the child’s circumstances.”

Read the full decision | Read an article from EdWeek summarizing the ruling

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