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The Promising Future of Virtual SpEd

2013-12-02T17:34:57+00:00

In my role as a special education advocate working primarily in Miami-Dade – the fourth largest public school district in the country – I’ve participated in hundreds of school meetings.   Naturally as an advocate, I meet lots of dissatisfied parents, but I also see very unhappy teachers and administrators who are equally frustrated with a special education system laden with laws and red tape that often doesn’t result in even adequate educational achievement. One bright light in Miami is an emphasis on high quality online education options for struggling learners which they can access at home and in school.  Virtual ed [...]

The Promising Future of Virtual SpEd2013-12-02T17:34:57+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

Bullying May Violate Disabled Child’s Civil Rights

2013-01-26T14:18:20+00:00

Bullying is a hot topic in the news lately as well it should.   And as a special education attorney I hear about students with disabilities being bullied frequently.  See this article from StopBullingNow.com and this site EyesonBullying for good advice about what to do if your child is being bullied. The Obama administration is pressuring schools to help curb bullying, particularly when the victim it targeted because he or she has a disability, is gay or is part of another protected group (such as a racial or ethnic minority).  Last week, the U.S. Department of Ed. released some formal federal [...]

Bullying May Violate Disabled Child’s Civil Rights2013-01-26T14:18:20+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

Congress Comes to the Rescue of Learning Disabled Students: Now Easier to Get a 504 Plan

2009-01-29T10:02:37+00:00

In the past, as many of you know, it has been extremely difficult for a learning disabled student who has performed well in school by compensating for his or her disabilities to obtain a 504 Plan.  That was because the law (Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act as interpreted by most school districts) stated that students who achieved well in school could not, by definition, have a disability which "substantially limited" the "major life activity" of learning - even if they suffered from a learning disability, ADHD or other disability. Getting a 504 Plan for that [...]

Congress Comes to the Rescue of Learning Disabled Students: Now Easier to Get a 504 Plan2009-01-29T10:02:37+00:00