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Special Education Law

Under both state and federal law, public school districts have an obligation to provide children with a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible. For children with special needs, what that looks like can vary greatly from case to case. Districts have an obligation to consider information received from parents when designing individualized education programs (IEPs), but parents are often unsure as to how best to present that information and advocate on behalf of their children. Parents also often need help in holding districts to the terms of the law and making sure that their children’s rights are upheld.

Every child is entitled to an IEP reasonably calculated to enable him or her to make progress appropriate in light of his or her circumstances. For some children, that may consist of an IEP designed to enable him or her to achieve passing marks and advance from grade to grade, while for other children the standard may be different. The law is entirely clear, though, that every child with special needs is entitled to instruction specially designed to meet his or her unique needs.

Shatz, Schwartz and Fentin P.C. is dedicated to helping families get their children the education to which they are entitled.