SEMINAR: 2015 Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Pullman & Comley attorneys Michael P. McKeon, Mark J. Sommaruga, and Susan L. Scott of the School Law Practice hosted the 2015 Special Education Legal Issues Forum on November 18, 2015. This dynamic forum is held annually to advise education professionals on current legal developments affecting Special Education, as well as how to comply within your school district.

Topics discussed included:

Legal Developments and Practical Effects 

  • New Cases and Other Legal Developments 
  • Due Process - The 2014-2015 Numbers and Results 
  • OSEP/OSERS - IEEs, Compliance Complaints, et al.

Evaluations A-to-Z 

  • Minimal Credits, Absenteeism, and Other Red Flags - "Do I Really Have to Evaluate All of Them?" 
  • Private Schools and Child Find - Who Does What, When? 
  • The Art of Assessment - Strengthening District Evaluations 
  • Outside Evaluations and the Myth of "Mutually Agreeable" 
  • IEE as a Bludgeon - New Directives, Criteria, and When to Fight 
  • Evaluations and Section 504 
  • Timelines, Protocols, Reevaluations, Transition Planning

Considerations/Reminders/Practices 

  • Charter and Magnet School Considerations
  • Student Records and Privacy Concerns 
  • District Underfunding, General Education, Resistance, and Other Realities of Legal Compliance 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Registration & Continental Breakfast
"It is a difficult matter to argue with the belly since it has no ears." - Cato the Elder 
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Agenda
"Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice." - Plato