Tag Archives: IDEA

Fix It Or Move?

Published on August 19, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I have represented hundreds of children with special education needs over the years.  You can imagine that, if the parents have decided to hire an attorney, there isn’t a lot of “warm and fuzzy” going on between them and the school.  There is frustration.  There is disappointment.  There is confusion.  There is anger, and sometimes […]

Email: The New Teacher’s Lounge?

Published on August 7, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I remember when my father first got into special education law in the 80s, and he would hear about notices posted on the bulletin board in the Teacher’s Lounge in various districts.  He was usually told about incriminating ones by other teachers “off the record;” many times they were teachers who happened to be parents […]

Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations, Tip 5

Published on August 2, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

I am by no means a psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist, special education teacher, or related service provider.  I am not licensed or trained in administering any of the test typically given to students with disabilities in our public schools.  However, over the many years I have been representing children with special education needs in my […]

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 […]

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.  […]

Surprising Special Education Allies

Published on July 17, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

One of the things I discovered early in my career as a special education lawyer is that a good percentage of the parents who contacted me to represent their child with disabilities were referred to me by a teacher or service provider from the child’s school.  It is usually “off the record,” and I have […]

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 […]

Top 5 Tips for Reviewing School Evaluations: Tip 1

Published on July 8, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

how to increase penis size I am by no means a psychiatrist, psychologist, school psychologist, special education teacher, or related service provider.  I am not licensed or trained in administering any of the test typically given to students with disabilities in our public schools.  However, over the many years I have been representing children with […]

On July 9, 2009, Help Restore Fairness to the IDEA

Published on July 7, 2009 by Jennifer Laviano

penis growth This Thursday, July 9, 2009, thousands of individuals and organizations who care about the rights of students with disabilities are coordinating a “call in” to Congress to help to restore fairness in the IDEA by requiring that parents who prevail in Due Process Hearings against their districts are entitled to having their expert […]