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January 21, 2020

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

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...

October 17, 2018

Much as you can count on Autumn in New York City to bring colorful leaves and earlier and earlier Halloween decorations in stores (wait, is that a Santa display I see?!), you can also count on busing issues.  But this year busing issues are, as the kids like to say, “...

March 22, 2017

In a unanimous opinion today, the Supreme Court held that “to meet its substantive obligation under the IDEA [Individuals with Disabilities Education Act], a school must offer an IEP [individualized education program] reasonably calculated to enable a child to make pro...

June 3, 2016

Parents often ask me how much progress their children with disabilities are "expected" to make for Districts to be compliant with FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education).  I tell them that the Supreme Court has determined that Districts must provide enough special edu...

May 30, 2016

Code of Student Conduct

There is an important issue that is coming up more and more in schools today. This is the issue of school discipline. Many students have been caught up in School Districts’ enforcing their so-called Zero Tolerance policies. Districts have a great...

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