We filed an OSPI complaint on behalf of 11 students in Tacoma Public Schools, representing the interests of thousands of students throughout the district with no voice. TPS laid off or reduced hours of hundreds of paras without notifying parents; cut services outside of the IEP process; and many parents are kept in the dark about when special education services will begin.
We are passing this information along in the public interest, to inform our state about problems families are experiencing.
Disability and youth rights organizations are mobilizing parents to fill out and file citizen’s complaints with OSPI and their school districts. If you know of students who have not been receiving special education and related services during the school closure, or who cannot access the education offered during the closure, please feel free to share the template below for an OSPI citizen complaint.The template requests compensatory education for individual students as well as districtwide plans to ensure that all students will receive appropriate services next school year.
The template below is intended to be easy for parents to fill out with their student-specific details, without the need to hire an attorney. OSPI’s website provides more information about how to file an OSPI citizen’s complaint on your own here.
Disability and youth rights organizations have asked that citizen’s complaints be filed on the same day: June 12th. But if you cannot file by this date, and you want to file a citizen’s complaint to remedy loss of educational services during the COVID-19 closures, you should file one when you can.
Again, OSPI does not require that Parents use an attorney to file a citizen’s complaint. Cassady Mineiro, PLLC is providing this information as a service to the community and is not providing legal advice. Use of this information does not establish an attorney-client relationship with Cassady Mineiro, PLLC.
Cassady Law PLLC is changing our name to Cassady Mineiro, PLLC and welcoming Nicholle Mineiro to her new role in the firm as a Partner alongside Charlotte Cassady. In addition, we would like to welcome Katie Hurt to the firm. We are looking forward to what’s to come at Cassady Mineiro.
Cassady Law attorneys Nicholle Mineiro and C.Christine Porter will be speaking on IEP and 504 Plan Compliance in Olympia, WA on December 13, 2018. Come hear about top IEP pitfalls, legal updates from the Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, state disciplinary law and case law updates. Register here and take a visit to our state capital:
Cassady Law attorneys Nicholle Mineiro and C.Christine Porter will be presenting in Yakima, WA on special education law and the IDEA. Come hear about important legal updates and visit the wine country all in one: https://www.nbi-sems.com/ProductDetails/80704ER
Charlotte Cassady and Nicholle Mineiro will be arguing Edmonds School District v. A.T. in the Ninth Circuit. The outcome of this case concerning the right of students with profound mental health needs to receive a FAPE in residential treatment centers, will affect students throughout the state of Washington.
Cassady Law paralegal and education advocate Diana Lafornara has earned an Advanced Advocate Training Certificate from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). This certificate is only open to experienced advocates. This is the first year this certificate has been offered by COPAA and is the highest-level certification offered by COPAA for non-attorney advocates. Diana earned this certificate while attending the 2018 COPAA national conference in Monterey, California. Also in attendance at the conference were Cassady Law attorneys Nicholle Mineiro and Christine Porter.
Cassady Law PLLC is proud to announce the addition of C. Christine Porter, Attorney at Law, to the firm. Christine brings a wide variety of experience to the firm including experience in employment law and a long history of volunteering in the disability and special education advocacy community.
Christine earned her law degree from the University of Washington Law School. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Hunter College and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Washington.
Cassady Law received a favorable ruling from the Western District of Washington on a residential placement case on November 7, 2017. This ruling will affect many students with profound mental health needs and other disabilities who need to be placed in residential treatment schools in order to receive a free appropriate public education in a therapeutic setting. Our firm prevailed in a due process hearing for our clients, and the school district appealed in federal court seeking to overturn the decision. Judge Lasnik wrote, “Having failed to provide an appropriate public education from which [the Student] could derive any educational benefit, the district is financially responsible for the appropriate residential placement the parents were forced to find on their own.” Edmonds School District v. A.T., Western District of Washington C16-1500 RSL (November 7, 2017).