California Special Education Law 2017

  • Education
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)

Why You Should Attend
This has been a particularly important year in Special Education Law as the Supreme Court issued two decisions analyzing the rights of student with disabilities under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and other disability rights statutes. This has a widespread impact on California’s education system as currently over 700,000 students with disabilities receive special education services in California, comprising about 10 percent of the state’s public school enrollment.  The California Special Education Law 2017 program will provide attendees with a targeted look at the impact of the Supreme Court cases in addition to analyzing other issues affecting the practice of Special Education Law today.

What You Will Learn
• An analysis of trends and patterns identified in Office of Administrative Hearings’ (OAH) cases, including a look at the number of cases filed, statistical information on “wins” for parents and school districts, and the types of cases being adjudicated.
• A parent perspective into special education advocacy, including strategies to improve representation and relationships between advocates on both sides of the table and parents.
• Unique issues in special education that impact students of color.
• Exhaustion in special education cases, including the impact of Frye on lawsuits brought under the IDEA, ADA, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
• How to define a “free appropriate public education” following the Endrew decision.

Who Should Attend
Attorneys, advocates, or parents interested in or currently assisting students/parents or school districts with special education matters.  Appropriate for both new and seasoned practitioners.