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Special Education Attorneys Chuck and Michalisa Pugh
  • Read Prior Newsletters
  • October 2010

  • Questions parents frequently ask:

    how do I get educational records?
    What is a FAPE?
    How long does a school district have to complete an evaluation or reevaluation?
    Can a district be required to pay.for an independent psycho- educational evaluation of my child by a psychologist of my choosing?
    How often must the school district reevaluate my child?
    Can a school district be required to pay tuition for a special needs child in a private school?
    Can parents recover their attorney fees from the school district if they are sensible in a "Due Process" action brought under the Act?
    How can I learn more inf
    ormation about IEPs and goal setting?

    TIME FOR A "FALL CHECK-UP": Five simple steps to help get your child on track for a accessible year at school.

    Can a parent tape-record IEP meetings?

  • July 2009
  • Supreme Court hits two home runs for kids in June
    The schools' use of confinement rooms: controversy; possible changes in the law and tips for parents
    Service spotlight: Elks home Service program helps special-needs kids and parents
  • May 2009
  • Parents' Most Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education
    Information You Can Use In The Pa Education Regulations
    "BECS" - Another Useful Source Of Special Education Information

  • April 2009
  • The 5 Biggest "IEP" Mistakes Parents Make - And How to Avoid Them
    Supreme Court Sends a Message on Peer-on-Peer Sexual Harassment at School
    Graduation from High School Generally Ends Your Child's Right to Receive Special Education

  • February 2009
  • Does a parent have the right to tape record an IEP meeting?
    The new "policy" on bullying.
    Did your IEP team meet the "ESY" deadline?

  • January 2009
  • Can the School District Charge for Copies of Your Child's Records?
    The NOREP: Prompt Action may be Required to Avoid Losing Important Legal Rights.
    Food for Thought: Increasing Student Involvement in School Conferences

  • December 2008
  • The "Statute of Limitations" under IDEA 2004 - What Every Parent Should Know.
    Do You Need a Non-attorney, Education Advocate?
    A Short History of Special Education Law - and the Parent as "Missing Link"
    Use "Annotated" Forms to Better Understand Key Documents

  • November 2008
  • How to Get What Your Child Needs Without Going to Due Process (Part II)
    "CASSP" Services for Children with Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Problems
    Special Education "Podcasts"
    Four Quick Facts on Due Process in Pennsylvania

  • October 2008
  • How to Get Needed Services at School and Avoid "Due Process"
    "Fifteen Things about Me": Finding New Ways to Communicate with the School
    Visiting your Child's Classroom
    What You Need to Know about Evaluations and Reevaluations

  • September 2008
  • Get Ready for School!
    Estate Planning for your Special Needs Child
    Extended School Year
    Will Recent Changes in the State Regulations Affect You?

  • May 2008
  • Step 1: Get Organized
    Step 2: Learn the File
    Step 3: Understand the IEP
    Step 4: Plan for Success at the IEP Meeting

  • December 2007
  • Special Education Deadlines, FAPE -- The Amy Rowley Story
    Understanding Your Child's Test Results
    School Discipline, Suspensions and Expulsions

  • November 2007
  • The annotated IEP
    Independent Educational Evaluations
    Are You Connected?
    Simple Advocacy Tools

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