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NEW Dear Colleague Letter from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights

"Responding to Bullying of Students with Disabilities"
Oct 21, 2014
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued a "Dear Colleague Letter" explaining what public schools must do under federal law to respond when students with disabilities are bullied.

The letter states that schools are obligated under federal law to step in immediately when bullying of students with disabilities is suspected, act to halt attacks, prevent any recurrence, and act to ensure that bullying behavior does not interfere with free and appropriate public education (FAPE).

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights indicates a growing number of bullying-related complaints filed in recent years --- more than 2000 complaints since 2009.

This "Dear Colleague Letter" is accompanied by a Parent Fact Sheet entitled "What Are Public Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities Are Bullied?".

OCR investigates complaints of disability discrimination at schools. To learn more about federal civil rights laws or how to file a complaint, contact OCR at 800-421-3481 (TDD: 800-877-8339), or ocr@ed.gov. OCR’s website is www.ed.gov/ocr. To fill out a complaint form online, go to http://www.ed.gov/ocr/complaintintro.html.

Dear Colleague Letter
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-bullying-201410.pdf

Parent Fact Sheet
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/dcl-factsheet-bullying-201410.pdf

   
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