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Special Education Law in Connecticut
Audio CD
$169.99 USD
Product Details
Format:
Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
Details:
Multi-disc audio recording (6 hours, 40 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
Authors:
MIKE MCKEON
MARK SOMMARUGA, ESQ
Publisher:
PESI Publishing & Media
Copyright:
4/25/2014
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
Product Code:
RNA061400
Objectives
  1. Compare and contrast IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and ADA .
  2. Determine appropriate disciplinary action for students with disabilities.
  3. Describe the purpose and required elements of the evaluation process.
  4. Write IEPs that are not only legally compliant but defensible in due process hearings and child complaints, including writing “best practice” present levels and legally compliant goals.
  5. Identify and list appropriate IEP team members.
  6. Discuss procedural safeguards as they pertain to Section 504.
  7. Summarize the effects that FERPA, IDEA, FOIA and state law have on student records.
Outline
An Overview of Applicable Laws
  • The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended)
  • State law (Connecticut General Statutes §§10-76a, et seq.)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
  • Similarities and differences

Identification and Evaluations
  • When and what to evaluate?
  • Consent and the use of due process hearings to compel evaluations
  • Independent evaluations: what restrictions can be imposed and when to use due process hearings
  • Referral and identification process
  • Child find responsibilities
  • Eligibility determinations
  • Re-evaluations
  • Parentally placed private school students

The PPT and IEP Development Process
  • Who must be present and participate
  • How to write an effective (and legal) IEP
  • What must be included (e.g., services, accommodation, present levels, “prior written notice”/actions refused)
  • Developing “measurable” goals and objectives
  • Transition planning and the importance of not waiting too long
  • Procedural safeguards and requirements
  • The least restrictive environment
  • Out-of-district placements and how do we pay (the excess cost conundrum)

Discipline of Students with Disabilities and Related Safety Issues
  • “Regular” student disciplinary requirements, in light of recent state law changes
  • What discipline can be imposed upon special education students?
  • Students not yet identified and Section 504 students: who is covered and protected by these special provisions?
  • Manifestation determinations: where do we go from here?
  • Services that must be provided regardless of outcome
  • Alternative educational opportunities and interim alternative educational settings: when and how?
  • Behavioral intervention plans and functional behavioral assessments
  • Seclusion and restraints
  • Out-of-district placements and the LRE; use of due process to over-ride parental recalcitrance
  • “Stay Put”

Thorny Issues
  • Magnet and charter schools -- who does what?
  • School avoidance
  • What happens when students turn 18?
  • What Happens When We Cannot Get Along?
  • Procedural safeguards and issues
  • Resolution meetings and mediation
  • The hearing: what issues can we raise and what happens?
  • Trends in decisions
  • Federal court litigation and attorneys’ fees
  • Expedited hearings
  • “Stay Put”

Student Records
  • FERPA
  • IDEA State law
  • FOIA
Author

MIKE MCKEON

Michael P. McKeon is with the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He represents boards of education, municipalities and private-sector employers across Connecticut in both federal and state courts on both the trial and appellate levels, as well as before federal and state boards and commissions. An attorney for almost 30 years, he is a member of the School Law Section of the firm’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department. Michael has established new case law in Connecticut in the areas of special education and Title IX. The favorable decisions he has obtained for Connecticut school districts have been cited by courts across the country and have been widely reported in The Hartford Courant, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Connecticut Law Tribune, as well as in television news reports. Mike is a frequent speaker on education issues, including on the national level at both the National School Boards Association’s annual conference and the Council of School Attorney’s annual conference. Attorney McKeon has repeatedly spoken at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s annual convention on special education law, gender equality in student athletics, and both gender and disability-based student harassment, and regularly presents at Connecticut Council of Administrators of Special Education forums. He has served as a hearing officer in Section 504 hearings.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Michael McKeon is a member of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Michael McKeon is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association; Hartford County Bar Association; and Connecticut and National Councils of School Attorneys.

MARK SOMMARUGA, ESQ

Mark J. Sommaruga, is with the law firm of Pullman & Comley, LLC. Mark has provided legal counsel to Connecticut municipalities and school boards, other public sector clients, and private sector clients for more than 25 years. His extensive experience with these clients includes labor, employment, education, civil rights, special education, municipal law, construction law, tort matters, worker’s compensation, and assorted other litigation in the state and federal courts on both the trial and appellate court levels, as well as before various state and federal agencies such as the State of Connecticut and U.S. Departments of Education. He routinely counsels school district clients on a wide variety of education law issues relating to student discipline, special education, discrimination, abuse/neglect, residency/school accommodations, and policy review. He has been a presenter at numerous workshops, seminars and conferences on municipal, education, special education, labor and employment law issues, including those sponsored by the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He is a frequent presenter at the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education’s annual convention. Mark has written numerous articles on employment law and school law issues in various trade journals and newsletters and is the author of Understanding the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act and Access to Public Meeting and Records (Fourth Edition, 2013).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Mark Sommaruga is a member of Pullman & Comley, LLC. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Mark Sommaruga is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association; Hartford County Bar Association; National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys; and Connecticut Council of School Attorneys.
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