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When they throw an IEP Party and Nobody Comes

For the first time ever, I went to an IEP meeting with a client and the educational team wasn’t there. Details on the communications snafu are being investigated by the big boss, but I thought it useful to write up … Continue reading

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Attention Parents: Educators are Not the Experts of the Individual with Disabilities Education Act of 2004. You Must Become the Expert!

Attendees at my “You Gotta Know the Rules if You’re Gonna Play the Game” seminars have heard me say this, but here’s a few examples of what the words in this blog post title really mean. I’m quoting administrators and … Continue reading

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5000 School Psychologists’ Reports Surveyed….the article

Those of you who have attended my seminars have heard me refer to this Wrightslaw article and the subject study of 5000 school psychologists’ reports. This article is a MUST READ for every parent with a child with a disability … Continue reading

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Behaviorial problems and Suspensions of Children with Disabilities

The topic of suspensions of children with disabilities has been heavy on my mind lately. Apparently it’s common practice for teachers and principals to treat children with disabilities, with IEPs in place, as if they had no disabilities or IEPs.  … Continue reading

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NBC 11 TV Interview: Latino Leadership Summit on May 15th

On a recent “Comunidad del Valle” show, Damian Trujillo featured the organizers of this inaugural event: Frank Carbajal, Margarita Quihuis and me.  Did you catch it? After we talked about the upcoming summit, the family of Cesar Chavez came on … Continue reading

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Verifying a teacher’s credentials

The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing maintains a database for public use. Once there, click on the Search for Credential for a Public School Teacher link and type in the teacher’s first name and last name. Remember the example I … Continue reading

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Prior Written Notice (PWN)-a Powerful Tool When Skillfully Used

You’ll want to read this Wrightslaw post about Prior Written Notice (PWN)  and article and print out several copies of this nice little form with you. Whenever you ask for something in an IEP meeting (as assessment, a placement change, … Continue reading

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Patient Money – Nudging Schools to Help Students With Learning Disabilities

Great NY Times article Read about one family’s struggle (and ultimate success) to get their child a “free and appropriate education. Parents: it’s really up to you to learn the law, learn how to exercise your rights and be the … Continue reading

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Special Education Seminar #5 Set for March 22nd

See what parents are saying about this seminar. Attend the next one to get valuable knowledge and first-hand insight into the organizational culture of school districts. Armed with knowledge of special education law, your legal rights, and how school districts … Continue reading

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The Greening of America: Hispanic Environmental Advocates Take the Lead

My feature article in the Fall 2009 issue of Hispanic MBA Magazine has been published! It was distributed at the National Society of Hispanic MBAs conference in Minneapolis in October. It generated lots of buzz about the innovators, innovations, organizations … Continue reading

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