Navigating Special Education in Private School

Laws & Policies are Different: When a family chooses a private school for a student with a disability, the laws and policies for special education are a bit different than they are in a full-time public-school placement. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) mandates individualized programming for eligible students with disabilities that provide meaningful access to a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The law also mandates Read More

Suspension Know your Rights

A Dear Colleague Letter The US Department of Education (DOE), in an effort to keep families and educators informed, has produced a number of Dear Colleague Letters on topics of concern. Among these are two addressing issues around discipline, suspension/expulsion, and the use of School Resource Officers (SRO’s). These are critical topics of concern considering the Read More

Q&A – Should the Whole Team be Present for an IEP?

Amending the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Q: My son’s special education teacher informed me she wants to have a meeting to amend his Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is not time for his annual review, but he has met some goals and objectives and she would like to change them. Do you think this is a Read More

How do I prepare for my IEP? What should you bring?

Preparing for a new school year brings with it much in the way of planning. We want to be sure we have new clothes and shoes for the kids, that we have gotten all the supplies on the school/class list, and have gotten our kids to begin back on their school year routines for bed Read More

Extended School Year (ESY) that elusive process that leaves us scratching our heads

Extended school year (ESY) was first established in federal law by the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1997 (IDEA ’97). While ESY services were to be a part of the planning for students prior to 1997 this requirement was drawn from case law. IDEA ’97 didn’t create new standards for ESY instead brought together well-established Read More