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August 27, 2020

We’re finally there.  For months everyone’s been asking, “What’s next year going to look like?”  Well, it’s next year.  And school districts are still struggling to decide what to do.  Much is still unknown: Will students go back full-time?  Part-time in a “hybrid” mod...

May 28, 2020

There's great news if you don't want your child to graduate this year.  I recently wrote a blog post on what parents can do if their School District is pushing to graduate their child but the parents don't think their child is ready to graduate.  The New York State Edu...

May 28, 2020

Parents frequently ask me about the Disability Classification on their children's IEPs.  This is usually found at the top of the first page.  They ask whether it matters what their child is classified under.  Before addressing this issue, we need to understand how clas...

April 1, 2020

At this point, it seems trite to say that the Coronavirus quarantine has been very challenging for children with disabilities and their families.  Districts, federal and state agencies, and families are still struggling with how best (least worst?) to handle this unpre...

February 27, 2020

Have you heard this before?  Remember, the IEP starts with THE evaluation.  You can't develop goals for the student until you identify her strengths and weaknesses.  And you can't do that without a comprehensive evaluation.

Parents frequently complain to...

January 21, 2020

What to do if your child's initial evaluation for special education is taking too long.

November 21, 2019

What if I DON’T Want my Child to Graduate?  

Does a school’s FAPE obligations end when my son graduates? 

Believe it or not, the answer is sometimes NO.  It’s true that generally, once a student reaches 21 (or 22 depending upon the state) or graduates, whichever com...

January 7, 2019

Parents often ask me about getting their school districts to pay for private evaluations.  Sometimes their districts ignore their requests for evaluations, don’t evaluate their children in all the areas they should, or just conduct inadequate evaluations.  I’ve written...

November 13, 2018

Temperatures are dropping.  Snow is falling.  Could it be that time of the year again?  Yep, you guessed it.  Time to think about Summer School!  [We’ll get back to why we need to think about this now that the leaves are off the trees].  To be more precise, it’s called...

November 8, 2018

Parents often ask me how much they should disclose at Committee on Special Education (CSE) meetings.  Should they “play it close to the vest” and not tip off the CSE of their intentions?”  Maybe they have an independent evaluation that shows their child needs additiona...

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