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Special education teacher arrested for selling heroin at Maryland school, officials say

SALISBURY, Md. – A Maryland special education teacher was arrested Tuesday, accused of dealing drugs at the same high school where she worked for 17 years. 214 more words


5 phonics games

As with all my infographics, this one can be downloaded for printing. There’s a link at the bottom of the page. It’s completely free, but please credit… 30 more words


DTIs and fMRIs, Oh My!

For me, one of the most fascinating realms of research is cognition and the physiology of the brain; what is happening in the brain during certain thinking activities. 476 more words


How to Help Parents Navigate the IEP Process

By Andrew Hawk

Having spent the last eleven years as a teacher, including eight as a special education teacher, I have been through the IEP process numerous times. 1,367 more words

Learning Disabilities

[room 209m] garden faces

My class has been going to our school garden every week and working with our garden teacher. She’s really great and I love how she works with my students by not only teaching them about plants, but incorporating life lessons like how to water plants and how to dig appropriately. 65 more words


The World of Anxiety

By Marcella Mackowiak

A lot of our students who come in talk about having anxiety very often. I personally sometimes feel like I’m going to drown in worry, say if a big school project is due or work stuff is overwhelming (because, really, it does happen). 145 more words

Special Education

In a recent guidance letter, the federal Office of Special Education Programs (“OSEP”) explained that a local educational agency (“LEA”) may not condition holding an IEP meeting on a parent’s attorney not participating or on the parent providing prior notice of its intent to invite the attorney. Letter to Andel, 116 LRP 8548 (February 17, 2016). In Letter to Andel, OSEP reiterated its longstanding position that the attendance of attorneys at IEP meetings “should be strongly discouraged” due to the potential for creating an adversarial atmosphere. Despite this position, OSEP pointed out that IDEA’s implementing regulations permit a parent or an LEA to invite to the IEP meeting individuals with special expertise regarding the child. However, while the regulations require the LEA to notify the parent in advance regarding who will attend an IEP meeting, there is no corresponding obligation on the part of the parent. OSEP stated that in the “spirit of cooperation,” the parent should inform the LEA ahead of time if he/she intends to bring an attorney. Often times, attorneys, as a matter of professional courtesy, will notify the LEA or its attorney if they intend on participating in an IEP meeting. However, there is nothing in the IDEA or its implementing regulations that would permit an LEA to conduct an IEP meeting on the condition that the parent’s attorney not participate. Therefore, when a parent unexpectedly brings his/her attorney to an IEP meeting, OSEP explained that it would be permissible for an LEA to reschedule the meeting to another date and time so that it could include its own attorney under the following circumstances: (1) the parent agrees to reschedule, and (2) the postponement does not result in a delay or denial of FAPE to the child.