FERPA: The Right to Review Records

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), often called the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law enacted in 1984. It gives all parents of students under 18 years of age and all students over 18 years of age the… Read the rest

IEP Meeting: Business As Usual

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) parents of children with LD and ADHD have a right to participate in their child’s Individual Education Program (IEP) planning meetings. Approaching an IEP meeting as you would a business meeting will… Read the rest

Your Rights to Documentation

Yes, you have a right to all documents in your child’s file. I suggest sending a FERPA request for records noting that you would like all documents attributable to your child. In addition, it is important to request (in writing)… Read the rest

Helpful Info for Starting the New School Year

For kids with learning challenges, a good start to the school year can set a positive tone that ideally will carry through until the final bell next Spring. To help your child get going in the right direction, take a… Read the rest

Protecting Students’ Privacy in the Data Age

In recent years, public schools have increased the amount of information gathered on all students, but particularly those in special education. Data routinely collected and stored runs the gamut from contact information, grades, and standardized test scores to disciplinary actions,… Read the rest