Independent Educational Evaluation: Disagreeing Creates Clarity

Your parental role is crucial in the formation of your child’s Individual Education Program (IEP). While the school district may have your child’s best interests in mind, that doesn’t mean that disagreements won’t occur. For example, you may take issue with how the district qualified your child for an IEP, or you may not agree […]

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Illegal Delay of 2016 Equity in IDEA Regulations

On March 7, 2019, the US District Court in Washington D.C. ruled that the current Department of Education had acted arbitrarily and capriciously in failing to implement Obama-era rules which are intended to address the disparities in the treatment of students of color with disabilities. A summary of the action was issued by the Council […]

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Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Oregon Class Action Lawsuit Defends Right to Full Day of School for Children with Disabilities

Quite a few of my clients have come to me for help when their child’s school day is made shorter than their typical peers.  Sometimes, it is a matter of a bussing situation where the kids in special ed are on a bus that leaves 10 or 20 minutes before their typical peers.  Other times, […]

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Ground-Breaking Settlement for Ohio Special Education Students!

Ground-Breaking Settlement for Ohio Special Education Students!

On November 8, 2018, the news broke that disability advocates reached a settlement in the long-running Doe case against the State of Ohio.  While the settlement is still subject to court approval, it requires special efforts by the state for students with disabilities to improve test scores and rates of inclusion in 11 school districts.  […]

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Understanding Your Child's Report Card

Understanding Your Child’s Grades

Only YOU understand your child and appreciate him/her as a whole learner.  Parents are living through their child’s deficits, not only in school, but at home.  One aspect that has changed the educational experience at home for families is the report cards.  From the format, to the timing, to how the earned grades are delivered […]

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Hickman & Lowder welcomes newest Special Ed team member Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed.

Special Education News

The Special Education Team of Hickman & Lowder welcomes Special Education Advocate Mary Jo O’Neill, M.Ed., as its newest member.  Mary Jo will be working with the team to develop more cost effective and efficient service packages to help parents navigate the complexities of IDEA.

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