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DO NOT GO TO AN IEP OR 504 MEETING ALONE! By Mark Franceshini, Ed.D.

Published February 22, 2021 by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
Do Not Go to an IEP or 504 Meeting Alone!

As a former superintendent of schools, I totally agree with the above statement. Parents of children with special needs often ask me what my advice to them is. The statement above is usually true most of the time. However, for…

Diagnosing a Student With Disabilities Is Generally Better if Done Earlier Rather Than Later

Published February 12, 2021 by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
Diagnosing a Student With Disabilities Is Generally Better if Done Earlier Rather Than Later

Some recent studies were designed to learn whether or not special education services are actually helping students with disabilities learn more than if they had not received those services. Today, this is being questioned by economists as well as educators….

Special Needs Trust (SNT) A Roadmap for New Jersey

Published November 16, 2020 by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST (SNT) A Roadmap for New Jersey

Background The desire to protect a disabled child or adult is a basic human expression of care and love for that individual. That concern for his or her protection exists now and extends into the future. Parents, grandparents, and other…

Know Your Rights: Parents’ Guide to Bullying in New Jersey

Published November 3, 2020 by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
Know Your Rights: Parents’ Guide to Bullying in New Jersey

Student bullying has developed into a serious problem in our schools. It has been reported to be involved in student suicides across the State and the nation. The purpose of this document is to provide what the State of New…

Disciplining Students With Disabilities

Published October 29, 2020 by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
Disciplining Students With Disabilities

Given the climate of school violence that exists today in many of our schools in the form of bullying, guns, and threats to safety, schools are developing zero-tolerance policies to help protect their students. However, these policies must follow rules…

What To Do If Your Child Was Denied Special Education Services

Published by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
What To Do If Your Child Was Denied Special Education Services

If your school district has made a decision about your child’s education, with which you disagree, there are several things you could do. There are several areas where these disagreements may occur: Classification. The school district refuses to classify your…

COVID-19 School Closing Are Causing Special Needs Students To Fall Further Behind Than Their Non-Classified Peers

Published by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
COVID-19 School Closing Are Causing Special Needs Students To Fall Further Behind Than Their Non-Classified Peers

Parents of students with special needs are concerned that their children are more negatively impacted by school closings than students who are not classified. They claim that their children are lagging academically and developmentally. Further, they claim they are also…

COVID Questions Answered

Published by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
COVID Questions Answered

COVID SPECIAL EDUCATION HOTLINE: 732-637-5248 My Child’s Progress Report Said, “Unable to Measure Due to COVID.” What Should I Do? This is unacceptable. Neither State nor Federal Law provides a waiver to the District to provide Special Education Services or…

Compensatory Education - What is it?

Published by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
Compensatory Education – What is it?

Compensatory education (comp ed) are services a school district may provide your child with special needs. This especially true when he or she has lost time from services that are guaranteed in his or her IEP. The district may be…

Autism (ASD)

Published by Susan Clark Law Group LLC
Autism (ASD)

Autism (also known as Autism Spectrum Disorder – ASD) is known as a “spectrum” because there is a wide variation in the type and severity of the symptoms people experience. It occurs in all racial and economic groups, although it…

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