Audio CD + Course Book

Special Education Law From A to Z

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • CA CLE - 6.00
From Event: Special Education Law From A to Z, held December 2017.

Program Description

Special education legal issues can be confusing for school personnel and attorneys alike. This hands-on legal guide will walk you through legal best practices concerning IEPs, 504 plans, manifestation determination reviews and more. It will provide you with the information you need to provide maximum legal protections to special needs students and minimize school exposure to lawsuits. Handle special education issues with confidence - order today!

Course Content

  1. An Introduction to Special Education Law
  2. Developing and Implementing IEPs
  3. Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
  4. Essential Components of a 504 Plan
  5. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
  6. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
  7. Bullying and Special Education Students
  8. Special Education Records: Handling Difficult Situations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 CA - Credit Approval Expiration 12/14/2019

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. An Introduction to Special Education Law
    9:00 - 9:45, Betsy Brazy
  2. Developing and Implementing IEPs
    9:45 - 10:30, Roberta S. Savage
    1. Team Meetings: Ensuring all Members are Present
    2. Components of an IEP
    3. Implementing IEPs: Monitoring, Documenting and Reporting
    4. Amending IEPs
    5. Q&A Session
  3. Fulfilling Critical Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) and Placement Decision Obligations
    10:45 - 11:30, Roberta S. Savage
    1. LRE, Mainstreaming and Inclusion: What Must Schools Provide?
    2. Continuum of Alternate Placements
    3. Placement Decision Requirements
    4. Factors That Can and Cannot be Considered
    5. Changes in Placement: Necessary Procedures and Review
    6. Q&A Session
  4. Essential Components of a 504 Plan
    11:30 - 12:15, Kathryn Meola
    1. How 504 Plans Differ From IEPs
    2. Substantial Limitations and Major Life Activities: What are They?
    3. Curriculum Modification and Specially Modified Instruction
    4. Appropriate Evidence to Support 504 Plan Components
    5. Ensuring 504 Plan Accommodations are Reasonable
    6. Q&A Session
  5. Discipline and Expulsion Essentials for Special Needs Students
    1:15 - 2:00, LaJoyce L. Porter
    1. Legal Rules Governing Removal or Expulsion
    2. Procedures for Students Suspected but Not Yet Identified as Special Needs
    3. Handling Disciplinary Changes in Placement, IAES Placements and Services Pending Expulsion
    4. Practical Handling of Expulsion Proceedings and Appeals
    5. Q&A Session
  6. Manifestation Determination Reviews (MDRs)
    2:00 - 2:45, Sandra Nierenberg
    1. Ensuring Proper Timelines and Procedures for MDRs
    2. Essential Documentation for MDRs
    3. Determining the Cause of Misbehaviors: Disability, Failure to Implement the IEP or Neither?
    4. Proving or Disproving Schools Followed IEPs, FBAs and BIPs
    5. Q&A Session
  7. Bullying and Special Education Students
    3:00 - 3:45, LaJoyce L. Porter
    1. When is Bullying a Denial of FAPE?
    2. Moving Bullied Students to Safer Environments: Legal Considerations
    3. Addressing Bullying Through IEPs, 504 Plans and Civil Litigation
    4. Cyber Bullying and Obstacles in Addressing Bullying Cases
    5. Q&A Session
  8. Special Education Records: Handling Difficult Situations
    3:45 - 4:30, Betsy Brazy
    1. What is and Isn't an Education Record: IDEA, Section 504 and FERPA
    2. Email as Education Records
    3. Who is a Parent and What can They Access? IDEA and FERPA Definitions
    4. Retaining, Amending and Destroying Educational Records
    5. Q&A Session

BETSY BRAZY is an attorney with the Law Office of Betsy Brazy in Alameda. Ms. Brazy assists students and their families in obtaining appropriate special education. She is admitted to practice in California and in the U.S. District Courts in Northern and Eastern California. Ms. Brazy earned her B.A. degree from Indiana University, Bloomington and her J.D. degree from Golden Gate University School of Law.

KATHRYN MEOLA is chief deputy with the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office. Ms. Meola has been an attorney with the San Mateo County Counsel’s Office since 2006, and primarily worked with school districts across San Mateo County in both general education and special education areas of law. In 2012, she rose to the position of lead deputy county counsel, and served as general counsel for San Mateo County superintendent of schools, as well as San Mateo County Board of Education. In 2014, Ms. Meola was promoted to the position of chief deputy county counsel and her responsibilities include serving as counsel to the San Mateo County Community College District, San Mateo Union High School District, and Sequoia Union High School District, as well as counsel to the deputy county manager responsible for criminal justice and realignment, and the clerk of the board, as well as supervising the county’s Public Safety departments, and the School Deputy and Special Education Deputy teams. In 2016, she was appointed to the state of California’s Special Education Advisory Committee, where she currently serves as a member. Ms. Meola earned her B.A. degree from Trenton State University and her J.D. degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law.

SANDRA NIERENBERG is Deputy County Counsel with the County of San Mateo. Ms. Nierenberg joined the County Counsel's Office in 2015. She currently serves on the Schools Team and the Special Education Team, as well as defending the county in litigation matters. Ms. Nierenberg earned her undergraduate degree from Stanford and her J.D. degree from the University of Michigan.

LAJOYCE L. PORTER is the managing attorney with the Porter Law Firm in Oakland. Ms. Porter’s practice focuses in representing students in all aspects of education law including, but not limited to, children with learning disabilities, suspensions and expulsions, 504 accommodations for public and private school students, bullying and harassment, and federal court litigation involving students’ civil rights and ADA/504 violations. Ms. Porter earned her B.A. degree from the University of San Francisco and her J.D. degree from Howard University School of Law.

ROBERTA S. SAVAGE is an attorney at the Law Office of Roberta S. Savage in Davis, California. Ms. Savage has dedicated her entire career to representing children with disabilities against school districts in program disputes. The goal of her work is to help parents/students navigate through the process of obtaining a free appropriate public education from their public school. Before attending law school, Ms. Savage worked as a behavioral analyst with a focus in working with families who had a child diagnosed with autism. During this time she frequently saw parents being overwhelmed and short-changed by the IEP process without an understanding of the recourse available for their child or the actual obligations owed to their child by the public school district. She attended law school specifically in order to represent students with disabilities against school districts. She is the co-chair (Northern California) of the California Association for Parent-Child Advocacy (CAPCA); a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA), and a member of the State Bar of California. Ms. Savage is admitted to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, Northern District of California, Southern District of California and Eastern District of California. She earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees from the University of California-Santa Barbara and her J.D. degree from the University of California Davis School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

CA CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
This activity has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California and may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of self-study credit, of which 0.0 hour will apply to legal ethics self-study credit. NBI, Inc. certifies this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. NBI, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider - #53.

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