August 2019

Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Due Process—Early Resolution

by Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow   Yesterday, we went over how to amend an insufficient due process complaint. Today, we will talk about the possibility of resolving a due process complaint before a hearing takes place.   Resolution Session When a student or parent files a due process complaint, the school must hold a “resolution session” to try to resolve the issues […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Due Process—Insufficiency Objections and Amending the Due Process Complaint

by Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow and Rose Daly-Rooney, Legal Director   Yesterday, we provided an overview of the due process hearing procedure, including the steps involved and important timelines. Today, we will break down “Step 2”: insufficiency objections and amending the complaint. Insufficiency Objections  What Makes a Complaint “Sufficient”? For a due process complaint to go forward, it must be “sufficient.” A […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Overview of Due Process Hearing—Steps and Important Timelines

by Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow   Yesterday, we introduced the special education due process system and how to file a due process complaint. Today, we will provide an overview of the due process hearing, including the steps involved and important timelines.   Steps in the Due Process System Below, we outline the steps in the due process system, from filing the complaint […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Special Education Due Process System

by Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow   So far, we have discussed several special education dispute resolutionmethods, includingIndependent Educational Evaluations, Facilitated IEP Meetings, Mediation, and the administrativeState Complaintsystem. The most formal of the dispute resolution options available through the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is the Due Process system.   What Is a Special Education Due Process Hearing? Under the IDEA, all states […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: When to File a State Complaint

By Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow Our last special education blog post discussed the process for filing a state complaint with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE). Today, we will talk about the types of disputes that a state complaint is best suited to address and what resolving a state complaint might look like. What Kinds of Disputes Are Best Resolved Through a State Complaint? […]
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Special Education Tip-of-the-Day: Filing a State Complaint

By Rose Daly Rooney, Legal Director and Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that each state’s education agency develop several systems to address disputes that may arise between the families of students with disabilities and their schools. One required system is a mediation system, which was discussed in our last four blog posts. Another required system is the […]
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Special Education Tip of the Day: Enforcing the Mediation Agreement

By Rose Daly Rooney, Legal Director and Amanda Glass, Equal Justice Works Fellow You learned the basics about mediation in Mediation: What is it?. You received information and tips to help you get ready for mediation in Preparing for Mediation.  You picked up guidelines about writing a good settlement agreement in The Mediation Agreement.  Hopefully you will use this information to have a successful mediation that […]
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Special Education Tip of the Day: The Mediation Agreement

By Rose Daly Rooney, Legal Director  Whew! You reached an agreement about your child’s special education during the mediation session.  Congratulations! Your work is done, right? Well, not yet.  Now, you must actively participate in writing the Mediation Agreement to ensure that it is: accurate, complete, enforceable, and does not waive important rights. Even though the mediation process is informal, written mediation agreements are […]
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Special Education Tip of the Day: Preparing for Mediation

by Rose Daly-Rooney, Legal Director “A winning effort begins with preparation.” –Joe Gibbs “Winning” in mediation is when parents and the school (or other public education agency) explore ideas for resolving a dispute and agree upon terms that will meet the interests of providing a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment to the student.  Here are nine tips to help you […]
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Special Education Tip of the Day: Mediation: What is it?

by Rose Daly-Rooney, Legal Director Carlos has autism and runs from the classroom when he is frustrated by his academic work or overwhelmed by the noise in the cafeteria or during assemblies.  His grandmother—who has power of attorney while his mother is deployed—does not agree with the school’s proposed plan for addressing the behavior and providing adequate safety measures in Carlos’ Individualized Education Program […]
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