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Special Education Tip – IDEA Does Not Provide for Summer Exceptions – 56-2017

IDEA Does Not Provide for Summer Exceptions - Last week, Tips reviewed the necessity of complying with the 5-day rule for documents during the summer months. Another rule without a summer exception is the rule to have...more

Special Education Tip - The 5-Day Rule Applies in the Summer, Too - 55-2017

The 5-Day Rule Applies in the Summer, Too, Even if Your Staff is Under the Boardwalk - This is such a difficult time of year to hold IEP team meetings. School is out and staff leave town. But IEP team meetings continue...more

Special Education Tip – Put Your Hands Over Your Ears – 54-2017

Put Your Hands Over Your Ears - It is always a good time to remember what you do not want to hear at IEP team meetings. The following has been heard at recent meetings...more

Special Education Tip – Let Me Speak My Mind – 53-2017

Let Me Speak My Mind - If you have a student who requires Assistive Technology (“AT”) (low tech or high tech) to communicate, now is the time to plan staff training in the use of the AT. The AT training should be conducted...more

Special Education Tip – I Want My Child to Be Like Everyone Else – 52-2017

I Want My Child to Be Like Everyone Else - You hear it a lot at IEP and 504 meetings: parents who do not want special transportation, pull-out instruction, or supplementary aids and services because they do not want their...more

Special Education Tip – The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team – 51-2017

The UniServ Representative is Not a Member of the IEP Team - IEP meetings are meant to be collaborative sessions between educators and parents. But sometimes things do not go well. When an educator feels bullied,...more

Special Education Tip – The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!!! – 50-2017

The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming!!! We hear a lot in the news about Russian espionage in connection with national affairs. Of equal interest for readers of Tips is espionage during IEP team meetings. Not...more

Special Education TIP – 5-Day Rule: MSDE Provides a New Interpretation – 49-2017

5-Day Rule: MSDE Provides a New Interpretation - Section 8-405 of the Education Article provides that except when there are extenuating circumstances, at least 5 business days before an IEP team meeting, the school...more

Special Education Tip – Say It Ain’t True – 49-2017

Do you have relatives or friends who have favorite stories they tell over and over, embellishing the stories over the years until the stories barely resemble the originals? You smile and nod as they do this, as you are...more

Special Education Tip – Missing in Action-Violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law – 48-2017

Missing in Action-Violation of the Compulsory Attendance Law - Maryland has a compulsory attendance law, found at Section 7-301 of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. Every Maryland school system has...more

Special Education Tip – Private Psychological or Medical Reports – 47-2017

When You Receive the Private Psychological or Medical Reports, What Should You Be Asking? The private psychological and medical reports regularly show up in IEP team meetings, filled with inaccurate authoritative...more

Special Education Tip - Requests to Amend Student Records-Requests Your Mother Would Never Make - 45-2017

The helicopter parenting continues. Schools are encountering more instances of parents trying to change their children’s grades and other records. A recent decision of the Family Policy Compliance Office (known since January...more

Special Education Tip - No Good Deed Goes Unpunished - 46-2017

School staff oftentimes find themselves in a quandary when they overlook student misbehaviors as the misbehaviors are the result of the disability. Eventually, there comes a time when it becomes evident that no matter how...more

Special Education Tip - What Do You Do with the Private Assessment Report? - 44-2017

What Do You Do with the Private Assessment Report? Whenever you receive a private assessment, it must be reviewed, discussed, and considered by the IEP or 504 team. As soon as you receive it, write the date of receipt on...more

Special Education Tip - There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel - 43-2017

There is a Light at the End of the Tunnel and It Ain’t No Train - Some good news. The NSBA Council of School Attorneys (“COSA”) met last week in Denver, Colorado. One of the speakers was former COSA Chair Tom Wheeler,...more

Special Education Tip - Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision on the FAPE Standard - 42-2017

We have been eagerly awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District. On March 22, 2017, in a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court held that to meet its substantive obligation under...more

Special Education Tip – Data Data Data – 41-2017

Education is data driven. No area is more data driven than special education. Principals, Assistant Principals, and Supervisors: Make sure you are doing the following...more

Wonder of Wonders – Supreme Court Opens Door for More Litigation in Cases Involving 504 and the ADA

On February 22, 2017, the Supreme Court issued a decision in Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools et al. A school district had prohibited a student from bringing her service dog, Wonder, to school with her. So the family filed...more

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