Starting this summer, if your child is enrolled in Birth to Three, turns three between May 1 and the start of their school year, and has been determined to be eligible for preschool special education, your child will be eligible to continue receiving early intervention services.
Great news! The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier decision by the United States District Court for Connecticut (federal court) concluding that young adults must remain eligible for special education services until they turn 22.
On August 27, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit denied the Connecticut State Board of Education’s motion to stay an earlier district court ruling that concluded that children (young adults) must remain eligible for special education until they turn 22 or graduate with a “regular high school diploma.”
On June 10, 2020, the United States District Court for Connecticut (federal court) concluded that children (young adults) must remain eligible for special education services until they turn 22, invalidating current state law.
The governor has announced that school is closed through May 20, 2020 and the Commissioner of Education made clear that closure through the end of the school year is possible. It’s April 14, 2020 and most schools have been closed since March 16. This means parents have been stepping up to the plate to educate their children at home for almost three weeks. It’s hard for adults to imagine continuation of “distance learning” for 6 or more weeks. For kids, that concept is even more difficult to grasp.