This is a guest post, authored by DisabledParents.org, a site dedicated to assisting parents who have disabilities. Raising and caring for a special needs child is incredibly rewarding and enriching. Boston University notes, however, that it’s not without its challenges. Ensuring that your child can enjoy the highest possible quality of life will take a bit [...]
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If your child receives special education services, she is protected by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA is a federal law that was passed in 1975 “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet [...]
Last week, senior associate Kevin Golembiewski published Compensatory Education Can Help Realize Promise to English Language Learners in the Legal Intelligencer. In the article, Kevin explained that the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA), a federal law that guarantees English Language Learners (ELLs) equal educational opportunity, allows courts to award ELLs compensatory education when school districts deny [...]
The Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court announced today that it will hear en banc Wible v. School District of Philadelphia, Berney & Sang's landmark student-on-student bullying and harassment case. The Court scheduled oral argument for November 13, 2019 at 930AM in the Commonwealth Court's Philadelphia courtroom. In the case, Berney Sang represents Amanda Wible, a Philadelphia student [...]
This month, Berney & Sang filed an amicus brief in C.S. v. Butte School District, a special education case pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Berney & Sang filed the brief on behalf of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Advocacy Institute, the Council for Learning Disabilities, and the [...]
The Problem According to national statistics, students with disabilities miss more school than their non-disabled peers. Students with autism, anxiety, or PTSD may engage in school-avoidance behaviors. Students who have been bullied may stay home out of fear for their safety. Other students might simply suffer illnesses that require them to miss school. Parents of [...]
Associate Heather J. Hulit knows dependency court. Before joining Berney & Sang, she served as a Child Advocate Attorney for seven years, representing children in Philadelphia dependency court. Like other Pennsylvania counties, Philadelphia sends kids who struggle with school attendance to dependency court. Heather's experiences showed her that this practice is misguided. She explains why [...]
This month, partner Jennifer Sang presented at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute's School Law Conference. The Institute selected Ms. Sang and other well-known education attorneys to present on topics ranging from bullying and harassment to charter-school accountability. Ms. Sang presented on special-education claims that arise when charter schools shut down and how courts have approached the [...]
For more than half a decade, the School District of Philadelphia denied Amanda Wible equal educational opportunity. Her peers had a chance to learn in a school setting free from severe or pervasive sexual harassment, but she was denied that chance. Classmates sexually harassed her each day, assaulting her, spitting on her, destroying her schoolwork, [...]
This month, the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled for a Berney & Sang client in a special-education case against the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The District Court ordered the Department to provide private-school tuition for the client's two children. The children, both of whom qualify for special-education services, previously attended a [...]