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Obligations of School Districts to Address Bullying and Harassment Confirmed by the Department of Ed

Bullying and harassment remain a problem in our schools. Students with disabilities are much more likely to experience bullying and harassment than their general education peers. All too often school districts separate bullying concerns from the delivery of Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”). They think if they just follow their bullying policies and discipline the offending student or students that is where their obligations end. This is not the case. On October 21, 2014, the US Department of Education issued another in a series of “Dear Colleague” letters concerning bullying and harassment of students with disabilities. This most recent Dear Colleague letter was from the Offic

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