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K.L. v RICESE

DRRI represents the plaintiffs in Rhode Island Federal Court in K.L. v RICESE.  In this case, the Plaintiffs brought suit against the state to ensure that students with disabilities continue to receive special education services until the age of 22.  Before this case was brought, Rhode Island was not providing those services until age 22, as required by federal law.   The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit reversed the Rhode Island district court decision and agreed with the Plaintiff that Rhode Island violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by failing to provide special education services to individuals between the ages of twenty-one and twenty-two when it provided public education services to individuals without disabilities.  DRRI joined the action to help to determine what compensatory education services were due to the retroactive class members and what services might be appropriate going forward. DRRI continues to work with the parties to find an appropriate solution to remedy the lack of services students faced when they did not receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).