Let’s be clear:  Police have no place in schools.

Unfortunately COVID-19 is not the only threat to students’ well being. Police presence in schools has a destructive and grossly disproportionate impact on students of color and students with disabilities. Black students are 3 times more likely to be arrested at school than white students. Students with disabilities are 3 times more likely to be arrestedContinue reading “Let’s be clear:  Police have no place in schools.”

Conservatorship

Have you been told that you or your loved one needs a conservatorship? It’s important to know that conservatorship is not the only way or to support and help an adult with disabilities! There are other options including Supported Decisionmaking. Need more information? Click here. Conservatorship is a legal status, ordered by a judge, thatContinue reading “Conservatorship”

Dyslexia?  Your child can succeed in school!

Recently, I received an email from a client who had hired me after years trying to get their son, who has dyslexia, proper services at his school. They tried to navigate the system, through charter schools and tutoring sessions and “Student Success” meetings at school, but he kept failing.  We helped them get a properContinue reading “Dyslexia?  Your child can succeed in school!”

Custody Disputes and Children with Special Needs

Children with disabilities have a right to a Free Appropriate Public Education.  School districts have an affirmative obligation to seek out and serve students with disabilities.  Parents have the right to advocate on behalf of their child to obtain the type of support they feel is beneficial for their child. But sometimes parents don’t agreeContinue reading “Custody Disputes and Children with Special Needs”

Charter Schools: Know Your Rights

What is a charter school? A charter school is “a public school that provides free elementary and/or secondary education to eligible students under a specific charter executed, pursuant to a state charter school law, by an authorized agency/authority and that is designated by such authority to be a public charter school” – Office for CivilContinue reading “Charter Schools: Know Your Rights”

IEP – what to know before you go

An IEP team must include the parents of the student, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher, a representative of the school district who is knowledgeable about the available resources, who can interpret assessment results, and in general is well-versed in the IEP process.  Knowing as much as you can about what an IEPContinue reading “IEP – what to know before you go”

What is an IEE? And why is it so important?

An IEE is an Independent Educational Evaluation, performed by a qualified professional who does not work for the public school or school district.  The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) provides that parents of special education students have a right to an IEE when they disagree with the public school’s evaluation of their child.  20Continue reading “What is an IEE? And why is it so important?”