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Be the First to Use the Latest Legal Strategies at Your Annual IEP Meeting!

2018-04-26T13:06:15+00:00

Hopefully your IEP meeting will go well. Are you prepared for your child’s IEP meeting this year? We can help. Since last March when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark decision, Endrew F., which gave students with disabilities more rights, you should have changed the way you prepare for IEP meetings. Students are now entitled to be challenged regardless of the severity of their disability. It may seem like an obvious point, but before that 2017 decision, barely more than a babysitting service were acceptable. Here’s some tips on what you should do to prepare: Come ready to [...]

Be the First to Use the Latest Legal Strategies at Your Annual IEP Meeting!2018-04-26T13:06:15+00:00

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!

2018-03-21T18:52:28+00:00

Today our triplet clients had another huge win against the Miami-Dade County School District - the fourth largest in the country.  We're so thrilled to report that Judge Joan Lenard of the Federal District Court of the Southern District of Florida denied the school board's motion to dismiss our case.  Our clients, who won a due process case against the district under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, filed a complaint in federal court to enforce that win and the school district tied to get the case dismissed.  Today that motion to dismiss the case was denied.  This is a great development because if [...]

Win in Federal Court for Our Clients!2018-03-21T18:52:28+00:00

Making School Work Wins Three Lawsuits Against the 4th Largest School District in the U.S.

2015-11-14T23:00:51+00:00

An Administrative Law Judge of the State of Florida Division of Administrative Hearings (Case Nos. 14­5679E, 14­5668E, 14­5669E) ruled last month that the Miami­Dade County School Board, which oversees the fourth largest school district in the country, violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act for failing to adequately educate very intelligent triplets with learning disabilities and ADHD at a well­regarded STEM magnet high school, the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST@Florida International University). The students met the rigorous academic and behavioral admissions requirements of the school, but quickly landed on academic probation when the school failed to implement the accommodations [...]

Making School Work Wins Three Lawsuits Against the 4th Largest School District in the U.S.2015-11-14T23:00:51+00:00

Allison Hertog Speaks to the Florida Psychological Association

2015-11-13T23:11:27+00:00

Today Allison Hertog and Samantha Carella spoke to the Miami-Dade and Monroe Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association about Helping Disabled Students Obtain their Legal Entitlements: Grades K-12 and Beyond.  Ms. Hertog and Dr. Carella spoke for nearly three hours including actual case studies on which they collaborated to help special needs students improve their educational performance.  The topics involved advocacy in K-12 public schools as well as helping high-achievers with disabilities obtain accommodations on high-stakes exams. Their PowerPoint presentation is available here. FLPA Presentation

Allison Hertog Speaks to the Florida Psychological Association2015-11-13T23:11:27+00:00

Don’t Let Your School Get Away with Denying an Evaluation to Your Child

2013-01-28T20:43:48+00:00

Every so often the government takes a powerful stance on the side of the less powerful.  January 21, 2011 was one of those moments.  On that date the United States Department of Education released a memo to the State Directors of Special Education stating that schools cannot deny or delay a parent's request for a psycho-educational evaluation of their child if the parent and the school believe that the child may be eligible for special education services.  It is pretty unusual for the US Dept. of Ed to issue a memo like that, and it must be that my experience in [...]

Don’t Let Your School Get Away with Denying an Evaluation to Your Child2013-01-28T20:43:48+00:00

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well

2012-11-06T07:53:43+00:00

As many of you may have heard, last spring the U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a study concluding that charter schools enroll a lower percentage of special education students than traditional public schools.  The latest is that the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights has deployed “several broad compliance reviews” to address enrollment as well as legal compliance in charter schools, and that some state legislatures have placed enrollment “targets” resembling quotas in charter schools to “fix” the enrollment problem. This GAO report has gotten a tremendous amount of attention over the last several months.  Some of that attention [...]

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well2012-11-06T07:53:43+00:00

Miami-Dade School District Cut ESE Funding by Over $46 Million, Broward – $32 Million!

2011-10-11T14:10:52+00:00

If you've heard your child's teachers complaining more than ever about scarce classroom resources - or worse, your child has lost classroom support, such as a paraprofessional or an extra teacher - there's a reason.  The most recent data gathered by Washington, DC - based Advocacy Institute shows that Miami-Dade Public School District has cut special ed funding by over $46 million dollars!  And Broward by over $32 million.  In my work I've seen some kids with Autism or severe ADHD being placed in classrooms with intellectually disabled kids because it's cheaper than giving them the support they're entitled to in [...]

Miami-Dade School District Cut ESE Funding by Over $46 Million, Broward – $32 Million!2011-10-11T14:10:52+00:00