Private School Placements at Public Expense: IDEA Requirements & Case Law Update (EDU1401)

Presented By: Melanie Dunn
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Thu, January 16, 2014
Event Description

Prosecute or Defend IDEA FAPE and LRE Requirements & Win

Recent case law is changing the way hearing officers interpret and administer IDEA requirements. And, if you aren’t up-to-date on these trends, it will be your clients who suffer.

Hearing officers are trending towards a definition of free and appropriate education (FAPE) that places greater responsibility on educators who serve special education students and gives parents seeking reimbursement for unilateral placement a stronger argument.

During this powerful one-hour segment Melanie E. Dunn, former Deputy Attorney General of New Jersey, will reveal the latest case law trends affecting hearing officer decisions and what interested parties from either side should know before entering into a hearing such as:

  • Proven strategies for defending IDEA reimbursement claims, including the use of independent evaluations, expert witnesses, and mediation strategies.
  • Recent case law trends in interpreting IDEA’s free appropriate public education (FAPE) and least restrictive environment (LRE) requirements that may surprise you.
  • When (and how to know) when it’s in your client’s best interest to proceed to a due process hearing or resolve a placement dispute via mediation
  • Effective tips for negotiating a settlement agreement in your client’s favor
  • Missing elements in a special education student’s IEP that will result in an automatic win for reimbursement requests

Plus, get an opportunity to ask this industry-leading expert your IDEA FAPE and LRE questions following the webinar.

Who Should Attend:

  • Public School Administrators and Officials
  • Special Education Professionals
  • Attorneys and legal professionals who represent boards of education or parents in special education matters
  • Private school owners and administrators and community providers who serve students with special education needs.

Join us to learn how to prosecute or defend IDEA unilateral placements and win.

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About Our Speaker(s)

Melanie Dunn
Melanie Dunn is an attorney with a Connecticut-based practice focused on the representation of parents in special education, student discipline, and related education law matters. Prior to her current role as an advocate for parents of children with special needs, Ms. Dunn represented boards of education in matters inv... More info


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