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What is a 504 plan?

's Profile Image If your child does not qualify for an IEP plan, he or she may qualify for a 504 Plan. 504 refers to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. It’s a federal law that prohibits discrimination based on a disability. Your child has to be treated just like every other child. There are some major differences between an IEP Plan and a 504 Plan. So you should consult an education attorney who can better explain those differences. Read More

What is due process in a school setting?

's Profile Image Due process in a school setting means a few different things. It means you’re innocent until proven guilty, you have to have notice of what you did wrong, and an opportunity to be heard. The United States Supreme Court has said that due process does extend to students in public schools. For suspensions less than ten days, you have an opportunity to an informal hearing. For suspensions ten days or greater, you do get a formal hearing, normally before the local school board. You should consult with an Education and School Law attorney if you have more questions about due process. Read More

What is FERPA?

's Profile Image FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It’s a federal law designed to do two things. Number one, it protects student’s education records. Number two, it gives students access to their education records. Read More

What is the purpose of a special education due process hearing?

's Profile Image The purpose of a special education due process hearing is to get a resolution of whatever issue exists. For example, the issue could be the school is not following your child’s IEP, or they haven’t evaluated your child properly, or some other issue surrounding the special education process. You should consult with an Education and School Law Attorney if you think your child was not properly evaluated. Read More

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