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Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act

A Pullman & Comley School Law attorney persuaded the Connecticut Superior Court that the United States Supreme Court’s recent narrowing of the requirement to exhaust administrative remedies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) did not preclude the court from dismissing an 81-count lawsuit against the Norwalk Board of Education and three of its former administrators. The litigation arose from the Board’s contracting with an individual who fraudulently represented herself to be an expert in autism, with the plaintiffs alleging that she had caused the students with whom she worked to regress educationally. The court’s decision was among the first in the country to interpret and apply the Supreme Court’s new standard.