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June 25, 2019

I talk to a lot parents who are concerned about their children's education.  There are a few issues that come up over and over again.  So for this blog, I am going to list the top three things I wish every parent of a special needs (or suspected special needs) student...

June 6, 2018

When you have are having problems with your child’s school regarding its special education program, one option you have is filing a complaint with the California Department of Education, commonly referred to as the “C.D.E.”   

A complaint like this is called a “com...

September 29, 2017

Under both State law and the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), students with disabilities have the right to a free appropriate public education (FAPE).  The term "free appropriate public education" means special education and related services...

May 22, 2015

A school denies a student a FAPE when it materially fails to implement a student’s IEP.  A material failure occurs when there is more than a minor discrepancy between what the IEP requires and what is provided.  Van Duyn ex rel. Van Duyn v. Baker Sch. Dist. 5J, 50...

May 20, 2015

What is a school district supposed to provide to children with special needs in California? Many people are not even aware that school districts have a duty to educate handicapped children.  They do - school districts are even required to identify and provide services...

April 18, 2015

When your child's school presents you with an IEP document after an IEP meeting it is up to decide to consent to it.  You can refuse to consent to the whole IEP.  You can also consent to only parts of the IEP.  For example, if after an IEP meeting you are given an IEP...

April 6, 2015

Navigating your way through your child’s school district’s special education program can be confusing.  The rampant use of acronyms in special education is partially to blame.  If you’ve attended an IEP meeting (see definition below) then you’ve no doubt heard such ter...

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