Tag Archives: Educational Progress under IDEA

The Sudden Blossoming of the Represented Child

Published on July 31, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

When parents of children with disabilities have reached the point that they have called me, they are incredibly frustrated and overwhelmed with their school district.  Yes, sometimes they are angry, but far more often than that, they are worried, upset, and fearful about their child’s future.  In addition, they are often conflicted about whether to […]

“We Noticed He Didn’t Meet Any of His Goals, so…”

Published on June 17, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

As a parents’ special education attorney in Connecticut, I hear outrageous statements that parents are told by their school districts on an almost daily basis.  But, sometimes, I am told something that passes the realm of outrageous, and crosses into ridiculous. Such statements mislead or misrepresent the school’s legal obligations, and always in a way […]

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 […]