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Students with Behavioral Disabilities Have Rights, Too

If your child has a behavioral issue, you know it. You’ve likely known it for a very long time. When it’s time for school, others are going to learn about it, as well.. And, as anxious as this may make you as a parent, you have to face it head on. Step 1, know that, under special education guidelines, your child has rights. They cannot simply be sent away or punished in the traditional sense. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), there are many conditions that cause negative behavioral issues that could become disruptive in a school setting. Under IDEA,...

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Out of District Placement Looming? Preserve Your Right to Reimbursement

Whether your child with special needs requires care your school district is unable to provide or circumstances have led to a sudden need for out of district placement (residential or day school), it’s critically important to speak with an experienced special education attorney who will protect your family’s rights. As Lenore Boyarin, Esq., Of Counsel to Sussan Greenwald & Wesler, maintains, it’s better to be safe than sorry when your child’s education, health and welfare are at stake. Further, failing to retain the appropriate advisors during out-of-district placement negotiations can cost you big financially, too. Question: What can I do to preserve...

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8 Tips for Getting the Most Out of an IEP/504 Meeting

When you have a child with special needs, you know two things unequivocally: there is nothing you wouldn’t do for your child and IEP/504 Meetings can be exhausting, frustrating and stressful. However, you have the power to get what you need for your child when you meet with the Child Study Team by following these specific tips offered by Lenore Boyarin, Esq., Of Counsel to Sussan Greenwald & Wesler, special education attorneys. Don’t come to the meeting with too many questions so you fail to focus on your goals. Be mindful of time and make sure you cover the questions you...

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Disagree with a HIB Determination? Don’t Wait to Appeal!

The New Jersey Board of Education made some changes to the HIB law (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying – see below for HIB Act details) on July 1, closing some loop holes and clarifying some unanswered questions. However, one of the most important and timely changes to the law involves a parent’s ability to appeal a HIB determination. You now have 60 days from the date that you receive notice of the determination before your window of opportunity to appeal to the board of education slams shut. “Before July 1, 2018, there was no set deadline for appeals. If you received a HIB...

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