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Seminar Detail

Special Education Law in Arizona
Special Education Law in Arizona

Where:   TUCSON, AZ

When:  Friday, November 1, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 3:15 PM

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Course Description:

Special education is an area of modern educational practices that is constantly changing and evolving. The intersection of complicated laws, practical issues, and student needs gives rise to many potential pitfalls. This seminar will help you recognize those pitfalls in advance and know how to avoid them.

One of the greatest challenges that educators face today is ensuring compliance and implementation of the IDEA. With the many recent changes in both federal and state special education regulations, it is essential that professionals not only have an awareness of the changes taking place, but to also have an understanding of how these changes impact their day-to-day activities and the students they serve. A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense do not begin to protect school districts and professionals against the potential legal and financial consequences of misinterpreting special education regulations. The purpose of this seminar is to provide you with information on the latest developments in the recently reauthorized IDEA and to provide practical advice on how to effectively implement IDEA requirements in order to ensure compliance with the regulations while meeting the needs of students with disabilities.

  1. Describe the distinct differences and similarities of the various laws affecting the education of disabled students.
  2. Explain the very latest developments under the IDEA regulations.
  3. Outline when and how to properly impose discipline for the special education student.
  4. Identify strategies for serious disciplinary dilemmas.
  5. Organize and lead successful IEP Team meetings that comply with the law.
  6. Develop strong, effective IEP’s.
  7. Outline the requirements and demands of the various forms of dispute resolution.


Todd Jaeger, Esq., has served as legal counsel to public schools for 25 years. He received juris doctorate in law from the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, where he distinguished himself as a member of the school’s Moot Court Board and National Moot Court Team. After several years in a private practice and in-house corporate counsel work, Mr. Jaeger realized his dream of combining the practice of law with a life of public service by joining his first K-12 school district as its in-house legal counsel. He expanded that role some years later by becoming General Counsel and Associate Superintendent of his second K-12 school district, Amphitheater Unified – a position held for nearly 20 years before rejoining Tucson Unified, where he currently serves as General Counsel.

Throughout his school career, Mr. Jaeger has provided legal representation to Arizona public schools, governing boards, and staff in diverse legal matters including, but not limited to, matters of environmental law; labor and employment; discrimination and sexual harassment complaints; student rights and responsibilities; and special education. Mr. Jaeger’s special education experience includes the rare and successful pursuit of an inverse due process case, in which his client school district took the parents of a student to hearing. He believes in the practice of “preventative law’ through training his own school district staff members, as well as staff from other districts and schools as an extension of his desire to support public education. He is, therefore, a frequent speaker on educational law issues for various professional organizations. He is a member of the Arizona Bar, as well as the National Council of School Attorneys.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Todd Jaeger has an employment relationship with Tucson Unified. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Todd Jaeger is a member of the Arizona Bar Association; and the National Council of School Attorneys.
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