In addition to the special education work we do, our firm also publishes “BSPK’s Prior Written Notice – A Special Education Newsletter” to provide our clients with information on timely legal issues related to special education. Please click on the following links for copies of the newsletters:
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, July 2013 Edition – Topics include anti-bullying, transition planning, legislative updates, and consent requirements for billing public benefit programs
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, October 2013 Edition – Topics include a checklist for the first semester, extended school year data collection information, and FERPA compared to IDEA
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, December 2013 Edition – Topics include Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, January 2014 Edition – Topics include informed parental consent and disabled students’ access to extracurricular activities
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, February 2014 Edition – Addressing emergency services for students with disabilities
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, March 2014 Edition – Discussing how to reconcile IEP and scholarship requirements for students on the Jon Petersen or Autism Scholarships
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, April-May 2014 Edition – Discussing managing student medical needs
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, May-June 2014 Edition – Topics include exiting a student from special education, summer timelines (or lack thereof), building transitions, and completion of a summary of performance upon graduation with a regular high school diploma or student reaching 22nd birthday
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, June-July 2014 Edition – Discussing revised operating standards for Ohio educational agencies serving students with disabilities, and the new, less arduous parent notice and consent process for Medicaid billing
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, August 2014 Edition – Addressing recent updates regarding epi-pens and diabetes care, and calculating related services minutes
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, September 2014 Edition – Topics include new state-wide testing (PARCC) and how it applies to special needs students, and a summer 2014 federal directive that Medicaid coverage applies to autism services
- SPK’s Prior Written Notice, October 2014 Edition – Includes a review of the law as it applies to parentally placed students
Click HERE to sign-up for SPK’s monthly special education newsletter.
Our attorneys have extensive experience advising school boards regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and corresponding state laws, and routinely consult with administrators, teachers, therapists, and school psychologists concerning boards’ obligations to properly identify, evaluate, and serve children with disabilities who reside in their districts.
Our services include:
- Developing and reviewing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans, including representing districts at team meetings;
- Due process hearings and subsequent appeals;
- Responding to investigations by the Ohio Department of Education; and
- Responding to investigations by the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights.
Please note that the special education newsletter articles are not intended to provide legal advice, and you should consult with your Board’s legal counsel regarding any particular issues.