Know Your Rights: Truancy in the School District of Philadelphia

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 [...]

Know Your Rights: Truancy in the School District of Philadelphia 2019-08-08T14:40:52+00:00

Does your child’s IEP comply with the IDEA’s transition requirements?

Once a child turns 14, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires her Individualized Education Program (IEP) to address her transition needs.  Transition needs include any needs that affect the child's ability to successfully transition from school to adult life.  A child may, for example, need help developing independent living skills, such as cooking [...]

Does your child’s IEP comply with the IDEA’s transition requirements? 2019-03-07T14:33:14+00:00

Have a child who is graduating soon? Check out these transition resources.

As special education attorneys, we have helped dozens of parents navigate their child's transition to adulthood.  The transition is stressful.  Parents must not only identify and arrange community supports but also make sure their child has the skills necessary for independent living.  Thankfully, there are a slew of resources designed to help families with transition.  [...]

Have a child who is graduating soon? Check out these transition resources. 2018-07-17T21:19:30+00:00

Third Circuit Again Sides with Berney & Sang in IDEA Case

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled for a parent represented by Berney & Sang in an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) case.  The case is Rena C. v. Colonial School District.  This is the second Third Circuit victory that Berney & Sang has secured for parents in the [...]

Third Circuit Again Sides with Berney & Sang in IDEA Case 2018-05-14T15:54:50+00:00

Eleventh Circuit Decision Shines Light on Modern Segregation Efforts

Associate Kevin Golembiewski wrote this article.  It was originally published in the Legal Intelligencer. Although the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education nearly 70 years ago, segregation is still a reality in our public schools. But today’s segregation is more subtle. It’s de facto segregation—the days of communities intentionally segregating students are behind us. So [...]

Eleventh Circuit Decision Shines Light on Modern Segregation Efforts 2018-03-25T15:30:13+00:00

Legal Guide for College Students with Disabilities

Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to guarantee educational opportunities to primary and secondary students. But Congress has passed no laws specifically designed to protect college students with disabilities.[1]  Those students are protected by only a patchwork of general antidiscrimination laws.  Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with [...]

Legal Guide for College Students with Disabilities 2018-01-23T16:49:31+00:00

School Bullying Shows Why Complacency is a Foe of Justice

This article originally appeared in The Legal Intelligencer.  You can access the original version here. One of the greatest threats to equality is complacency. Those who do nothing while witnessing injustice and wrongdoing, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, do worse than those who commit acts of injustice. Social scientists, too, recognize that complacency [...]

School Bullying Shows Why Complacency is a Foe of Justice 2017-12-27T15:58:51+00:00

Department of Education Issues Q&A on FAPE Decision

Last week, the United States Department of Education issued Questions & Answers addressing the Supreme Court's decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, 137 S. Ct. 988 (2017).  In Endrew F., the Supreme Court for the first time in over thirty years considered the legal standard for a free and appropriate public education (FAPE).  Endrew F. held [...]

Department of Education Issues Q&A on FAPE Decision 2017-12-10T18:19:15+00:00

PA Supreme Court Allows Challenge to State School Funding System

In a landmark decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled that a challenge to the state's school funding system can proceed.  The decision is William Penn School District, et al. v. Pennsylvania Department of Education, et al., No. 46 MAP 2015 (Pa. 2017).  The plaintiffs in the case allege that the school funding system violates [...]

PA Supreme Court Allows Challenge to State School Funding System 2017-12-01T14:49:57+00:00

Understanding Your Child’s IEP

A child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) is the cornerstone of his special education programming.  An IEP is a document that identifies the special education placement and services that a child with disabilities requires to make educational progress.  IEPs are viewed as contracts between schools and parents; schools are obliged to comply with a child's IEP and [...]

Understanding Your Child’s IEP 2017-11-27T03:27:06+00:00