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Seminar Detail

Special Education Law in Washington
Special Education Law in Washington

Where:   SEATTLE, WA

When:  Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 AM - 3:30 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 give 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. Explain the major provisions of IDEA 2004 and the Federal Regulations.
  2. Define “Child with a Disability” and contrast it to the old definition.
  3. Discuss the provisions regarding child find, evaluation and special education eligibility.
  4. Describe the IEP process and components of an IEP.
  5. Explain the requirements and nuances of procedural safeguards.
  6. Determine appropriate disciplinary actions for students with disabilities.
  7. Describe the most common mistakes schools make and how to avoid court.


Joni R. Kerr, is an attorney and member of the Law Offices of Joni R. Kerr, PLLC in Vancouver, Washington, She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Law where she was a member of the National Moot Court Team and the Order of Barristers. She clerked for the Ohio Court of Appeals. Ms. Kerr was in private practice in Omaha, NE as a civil litigator until she moved to the State of Washington. She began representing public school districts in 1991. Ms. Kerr’s practice is limited to representing public school districts and administrators in the State of Washington. Her work has included advising school districts with respect to special education, Section 504, student discipline and personnel matters. She represented the Third Congressional District on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, and was elected WSBA treasurer during her final year on the board. Ms. Kerr has also served two terms on the board of the Washington Council of School Attorneys. In addition to providing inservice training on a variety of topics for school districts, she has presented at numerous seminars, including the Washington School Law Academy and the Pacific Northwest Institute on Special Education and the Law.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Joni Kerr is an attorney and member of the Law Offices of Joni R. Kerr, PLLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Joni Kerr has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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