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IEPs and 504 plans are essential tools to ensure positive learning outcomes for many students. They also have the potential to cause legal issues for schools if they aren't properly planned and carried out. This comprehensive guide will show you how to mitigate legal liabilities in IEPs and 504 plans. Take away valuable information you can use to spot potential issues in your school's IEP and 504 plan processes. Order today!
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DR. JOHN E. McCOOK is chief financial officer and president of McCook & Associates, an education consulting firm located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dr. McCook serves as a consultant for school systems across the nation on special education, Section 504, legal issues in school administration, and implementing the response to intervention process. His presentations in national meetings, including the National School Board Association, the International Association of Pupil Personnel, and MEDS/PDN have won him recognition in several publications regarding school legal issues and special education. Dr. McCook recently retired as the director of pupil personnel for the Knox County School District in Knoxville, Tennessee. During his 38 years, he also served as the district's Section 504 compliance officer. Dr. McCook supervised special education personnel in addition to psychologists, social workers, speech and language therapists, supervisory personnel, and program specialists. He was instrumental in developing a psycho-educational center and satellite classrooms for emotionally disturbed students in Knoxville. Dr. McCook was previously an adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee, teaching graduate classes in issues and trends in education, educational statistics, and school law. He has written several publications regarding legal issues in special education and Section 504. Dr. McCook earned his B.S. degree from Oglethorpe University and his M.S. and Ed.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee.