Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQA) Youth in School

While June was officially Pride Month, the importance of creating safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for all children including LGBTQA students must a year-round effort. Evidence suggests that a school’s failure to provide a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students can result in significant harm to the child.

DOJ Continues to Enforce the Right of Children to Bring Service Dogs to School

More and more children with disabilities are benefiting from service dogs. Some children have service dogs who alert them to the presence of allergens. Some service dogs alert to an oncoming seizure. Still other service dogs are trained to interrupt self-injurious behavior, provide stability for children with mobility impairments, or prevent the child from running away. Service dogs help children with disabilities develop independence they would not otherwise have. When children use service dogs, the law allows them to be accompanied by their service dog, even in school

Education Committee to Consider Legislation Closing Loopholes on Teacher Background Checks

The Connecticut legislature’s Committee on Education will hold a public hearing today to consider Raised Bill 6326, An Act Concerning the Response of School Districts and The Departments of Education and Children and Families to reports of Child Abuse and Neglect. If passed, the bill would implement the recommendations of the Child Advocate’s report

By |2019-08-30T15:55:01-04:00February 23rd, 2011|child advocate, Education, Legislation|

Investigation Reveals Numerous System Failures When School Employees Abuse or Neglect Children

The Child Advocate and Attorney General recently released a report, Protecting Our Children: Improving Protections For Children When Allegations Are Made That School System Personnel Abused and/or Neglected Children, detailing the results of an extensive investigation into the response of local school districts

By |2019-08-28T18:14:42-04:00July 12th, 2010|child advocate, DCF, Education, Special Education Lawyer|