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Making School Work, PL Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Students with LD and ADHD

2016-08-02T13:01:22+00:00

Three students, who are triplets suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Learning Disabilities (LD), have filed suit against Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) claiming school officials at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Florida International University (MAST@FIU), an elite STEM magnet school, have harassed and discriminated against them because of their disability. This law firm, Making School Work, PL represents the boys and filed suit on their behalf under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  The suit alleges that MAST@FIU officials routinely refused to accommodate their severe ADHD and LD and did not make the high-tech devices and materials available to other [...]

Making School Work, PL Files Federal Complaint on Behalf of Students with LD and ADHD2016-08-02T13:01:22+00:00

Charter Schools, the Time is Now to Take On Special Ed in a Big Way

2014-04-01T11:45:19+00:00

Charter schools and special education. Two concepts antithetical to each other? Not in my book. A handful of public charters are already doing a bang-up job educating kids with disabilities, I swear. And some visionary charter school leaders already see special education not merely as a political liability, which it is now more than ever, but as an opportunity to propel charters even further into the mainstream and to prove that charters can do special education better than the traditional public school system – unfortunately, that shouldn’t be a very difficult feat. But why would I have so much faith in [...]

Charter Schools, the Time is Now to Take On Special Ed in a Big Way2014-04-01T11:45:19+00:00

Testing Makes McKay Scholarships Accountable to Parents – a post from the redefinED Blog

2012-06-22T14:19:40+00:00

In Robyn Rennick’s post on Florida’s McKay Scholarships for Students With Disabilities last week, she argued that standardized testing measures are “inappropriate,” even “cruel,” for disabled children due to their diverse levels of achievement and in some cases immeasurable levels of progress. But this assumes that standardized testing is a “one size fits all” accountability measure. In reality, there are dozens, even hundreds, of standardized assessments that are designed for every segment of the student population – whether children are learning self-care or calculus.  The choice of test can be left to the private school, not the state. More importantly, standardized testing is perhaps the only way to [...]

Testing Makes McKay Scholarships Accountable to Parents – a post from the redefinED Blog2012-06-22T14:19:40+00:00

McKay Scholarship Expansion – 504 Plans Can Get $ for Private School

2011-06-20T17:06:30+00:00

If your disabled child has a written school plan giving him or her accommodations (called a "504 Plan"),  that plan can translate into a dollar amount, and you can use that money to pay for private school tuition.  Governor Scott signed a new law expanding the McKay Scholarship program to cover students with 504 Plans, and that law goes into effect on July 1, 2011.  Prior to this expansion, only children with Individual Education Plans ("IEPs") were eligible for the McKay Scholarship.  504 Plans are named after the law which authorizes them - Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. [...]

McKay Scholarship Expansion – 504 Plans Can Get $ for Private School2011-06-20T17:06:30+00:00

BREAKING NEWS – FL Will Pay for Private PreK Therapies

2010-06-06T21:40:40+00:00

Yesterday Governor Crist signed into law what appears to be an extraordinary program for disabled prekindergarten children beginning with the 2012-13 school year.  The details are not clear yet, but here's the deal in brief. If your disabled child will be 4 years old by September 1, 2012 and he or she gets an Individualized Education Plan ("IEP"), which includes "specialized instructional services" (For example, ABA therapy, speech-language therapy, occupational therapy), Florida will reimburse the private therapy provider for a set number of therapy hours.  In other words, beginning in 2012 the State of Florida will reimburse certain therapists for a [...]

BREAKING NEWS – FL Will Pay for Private PreK Therapies2010-06-06T21:40:40+00:00

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)

2010-05-03T13:52:52+00:00

Most parents are advocates of school choice -whether we identify ourselves that way or not.  We would choose to send our children to the best school in our neighborhood over the one which was just simply around the corner, that is, if we could.  Upper middle class parents routinely choose to buy homes in neighborhoods where the schools are superior - that was the earliest, and is still the most common, form of school choice. Parents of children with special needs have been called "extreme choosers" when it comes to finding the right school for their child.  That's because their children's [...]

Are You an Extreme Chooser? (How Far Would You Go to Find the Right School?)2010-05-03T13:52:52+00:00