Transition Planning for College

For students with learning differences, the law recognizes that transition to adulthood may require specialized services to help them attain the skills and education they’ll need to succeed after high school. The IDEA requires that transition planning must begin, at… 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

School Discipline: Your Child’s Rights

Students with IEPs and Section 504 plans are at higher risk for school discipline than their nondisabled peers. But when students with LD or ADHD get into trouble, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the… Read the rest

Determining Placement for Your Child with LD

In education, as with many professions, there are terms specific to the field that have special meaning in that context. “Inclusion” and “least restrictive environment” (LRE) are two such terms. Inclusion Inclusion is not a legal term; it is a… Read the rest

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