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Santa Cruz Special Education Law for Parents Blog

This new special ed-linked bill will hopefully pass, make a difference

It’s payback, long overdue.

That’s certainly one way to look at prospective federal legislation geared toward augmenting state coffers being stockpiled with funds targeting students’ special education needs.

California enacts new special-ed law relevant to nonpublic schools

We know that many readers of our California special education legal blog remember well a horrific incident that occurred at a middle school in the state late last year.

That sad narrative was comprehensively reported in media outlets across California. It involves an episode at the now-defunct Guiding Hands, a nonpublic school that operated in the Sacramento area enclave of El Dorado Hills.

What are your rights as the parent of a special education student?

First of all, this bit of clarification is required and immediately noted here: It’s a right, not a privilege.

And those claiming it should feel empowered about doing so, not shamed or left feeling as though they are supplicants asking for favors.

Procedural safeguards notice: confusing rather than informative?

It goes without saying that parents of children with special needs must be intimately involved – indeed, the central participants – in all discussions relevant to their loved ones’ educational programs and opportunities. It would be nonsensical if they weren’t.

And yet they often aren’t.

Wait-and-see attitude emerges re key LAUSD special ed development

One relevant voice terms it “an important milestone.”

Another responds that strong endorsements of a judicial agreement concerning special education in the Los Angeles Unified School District are both premature and overly laudatory. In fact, says agreement monitor David Rostetter, they are “misguided.”

California school district gets proactive about special education

A mentor in a new California special education program says that working closely with special education students is “an honor and a privilege like no other.”

We second that viewpoint at our Santa Cruz special education law firm. Attorney Steven A. Greenburg has spent decades of his life and working career advocating diligently for students with learning disabilities, both as a teacher and clinical director and as legal counsel promoting their interests and those of their families.

How does the special education assessment/eligibility process work?

Federal law mandates a commission of relevant school resources applicable to the needs of students with special education requirements.

And the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act does far more than just that. As we note on our website at the California special education law firm of Steven A. Greenburg, IDEA “requires schools to develop appropriate Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each child eligible for special education services.”

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