Category Archives: Occasional Rants

Let’s Add the “A” to “LRE”

Published on July 22, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to grow your penis If you have been spending any time at all in the special education community, whether as a parent, educator, or other professional, you have likely heard the term “least restrictive environment,” commonly referred to as “LRE.”  This provision of the IDEA states that:  “to the maximum extent appropriate, children with […]

We’re Fractured, and They’re Banking On It

Published on July 18, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

It seems to me that lately, the disagreements within the community of individuals who are concerned about children with disabilities are starting to outnumber the agreements.  Which is pretty ludicrous, because when it comes to at least the IDEA (if not a number of other laws), we really have far more common ground than not.  […]

Just When I Thought I Was Being Too Tough…

Published on July 12, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Being suspicious of the “establishment” is a bit of an occupational hazard for me as a special education attorney.  When you’re taking on local and state governments on a daily basis, it becomes easy to believe that the system is skewed.  It probably doesn’t help that I was raised with the theory:  “just because you’re […]

“STOP the IEP Meeting, I Want to Get Off!”

Published on June 26, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to do yoga at home As I near the end of a brutal IEP “Season,” I am humbled, once again, by how my clients do it.  It is one thing for me, whose job it is to represent them at these meetings and to make sure their rights are being protected, to feel overwhelmed […]

Forest Grove Decided…and The Spin Begins

Published on June 22, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to lose weight for men Today was a great day for children with special needs.  The United States Supreme Court issued a Decision in the case of Forest Grove School District v. T.A.  In the Ruling, the Court found in a 6-3 Opinion that parents of a child with a disability who are forced […]

“Well ALL Kids Do That!”

Published on June 11, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

T-minus 12 business days until the end of June, and therefore the close of yet another whirlwind Annual Review IEP Season.  Somehow, I don’t think I’m going to make it without another few rants.  In my special education law practice in Connecticut, I attend most of the Annual Reviews on behalf of my clients this […]

Good Skills Are More Important Than Good Grades

Published on June 6, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I am so tired of hearing school staff tell parents of children with disabilities that everything is going well, simply because that child is being given good grades by the very staff who are claiming that the program is going well! First, a little history lesson in special education law. The IDEA requires that each […]

Your Lack of Planning is Not My Emergency

Published on June 2, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

Okay, less than a month left in IEP Season, and hopefully I won’t have as many rants about how special education cases are handled over the summer.  But for now, I am just getting more and more annoyed by the same tactics being employed by school districts all over the place!  In particular, why is […]

Unseemly IEP Team Member: “The Riddler”

Published on June 1, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

“The Riddler” This can be any member of the staff or administration, who has been withholding pertinent information from the parents of a child with special education needs until the Annual Review IEP Meeting, or worse, until the parents have brought in a special education lawyer or advocate.  The Riddler has chosen not to share […]

If You’re So Sure You’re Right, Why Deny an IEE?

Published on May 31, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I have been representing children with special needs in Connecticut since 1996.  Despite more than a decade in this field, I am always astounded by how many conflicts arise in special education because there is a fundamental disagreement between the parents and the school about whether a child has been properly evaluated.   It’s a pretty […]