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Bullying May Violate Disabled Child’s Civil Rights

2020-04-15T02:26:14+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 [...]

Bullying May Violate Disabled Child’s Civil Rights2020-04-15T02:26:14+00:00

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!

2020-04-15T17:32:39+00:00

One of the most challenging and infuriating areas in which I practice is advocating for the gifted and disabled (called "twice exceptional") these days.  I feel particularly passionately about these cases because I fall into the category of twice exceptional (I suffer from multiple learning disabilities) and when I was a student in public school, I was left back in second grade and misdiagnosed as cognitively "slow." I am continually arguing to the school districts in South Florida that a gifted student should not be denied special education and related services soley because they are capable of performing at or above grade level.  I understand that the [...]

Finally, Some Good News for Gifted and Disabled!2020-04-15T17:32:39+00:00

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well

2020-04-15T04:32:33+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 [...]

Charter Schools Have a Great Opportunity to Serve Sped Students Well2020-04-15T04:32:33+00:00

If RtI Isn’t Working for Your Child: Knowing Your Legal Rights

2020-04-15T03:25:11+00:00

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a 3-tiered process of research-based instruction, which is part of federal law (IDEA 2004). Before RtI, in order to get considered for special education services (an "IEP") the main thing your struggling learner needed was a psycho-educational evaluation (conducted by a private or public school psychologist). The evaluation needed to show that he or she had unexpectedly low achievement in reading or math (known as the "discrepancy formula"). RtI is a multi-step process of increasingly intensive and individualized instruction above and beyond what usually happens in the classroom. It will hopefully be more effective for struggling learners [...]

If RtI Isn’t Working for Your Child: Knowing Your Legal Rights2020-04-15T03:25:11+00:00

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