Robin Lipp in Legal Intelligencer: A Conflict of Interest in Evaluations for Children with Special Needs

Parents of children with special needs, and their attorneys, are often baffled by the poor quality of public educational evaluations. And those evaluations are key to setting the services that a child with special needs will receive in school, known as the child's individualized education program (IEP). In the latest issue of the Legal Intelligencer, [...]

Robin Lipp in Legal Intelligencer: A Conflict of Interest in Evaluations for Children with Special Needs2021-04-13T17:03:36-04:00

Heather J. Hulit in Legal Intelligencer: Disproportionality Regulations in IDEA and Why They Are Not Effective for Reducing Bias

Attorney Heather J. Hulit published an article in the Legal Intelligencer arguing that there is a dual problem with the identification of minority students for special education under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Policymakers have long recognized that minority students are inappropriately over-represented in special education, a problem known as "disproportionality" that the [...]

Heather J. Hulit in Legal Intelligencer: Disproportionality Regulations in IDEA and Why They Are Not Effective for Reducing Bias2020-11-09T18:15:47-05:00

Berney & Sang Wins Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case Vindicating Children’s Rights

For Immediate Release: September 22, 2020 Contact: David Berney; Berney & Sang; 215.564.1030; djberney@berneylaw.com  Pennsylvania Supreme Court vindicates children’s rights Holds that bullying victims have until 6 months after their 18th birthday to bring discrimination claims under the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act. Philadelphia, PA.:  Last week, in a long-awaited decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that bullying victims [...]

Berney & Sang Wins Pennsylvania Supreme Court Case Vindicating Children’s Rights2020-09-22T13:27:10-04:00

Victory: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to maintain IDEA obligations for states

Parents of children with disabilities and their advocates pushed Secretary DeVos to maintain IDEA obligations for states during the COVID-19 pandemic. Yesterday, we won. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted March 27, 2020, gave the Secretary 30 days to issue a report to Congress with her “recommendations on any additional waivers [...]

Victory: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to maintain IDEA obligations for states2020-04-28T16:23:42-04:00

Heather J. Hulit in Legal Intelligencer: The Problem with Compensatory Education as an IDEA Remedy and the Solution

Associate attorney Heather J. Hulit published an article in the Legal Intelligencer arguing that the way schools distribute compensatory education is rife with delays and unexpected denials. In addition to the negative impact this has on children, it limits the capacity of special education litigation to deter schools from violating students’ rights.  She argues that [...]

Heather J. Hulit in Legal Intelligencer: The Problem with Compensatory Education as an IDEA Remedy and the Solution2020-04-01T19:16:30-04:00

Special Education in the Pandemic: April Update on the Philadelphia Public Schools and Resources for Parents

[Note: This page was current as of April 2020--Please visit the Philadelphia School District's website for current information.] During this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, our public schools need to show creativity and perseverance to minimize disruptions to learning. This is especially true for the most vulnerable students, including students with special needs, who stand to lose [...]

Special Education in the Pandemic: April Update on the Philadelphia Public Schools and Resources for Parents2020-10-29T17:44:45-04:00

Dave Berney Argues for Rights of Minors Facing School Discrimination before PA Supreme Court

When a child faces discrimination, does the child’s right to sue depend on whether a parent takes prompt action, or may the child wait until adulthood and sue then? On March 10, 2020, in oral arguments before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Dave Berney, Esq., argued that the limitations period must stop for minors facing discrimination [...]

Dave Berney Argues for Rights of Minors Facing School Discrimination before PA Supreme Court2020-04-01T18:05:59-04:00

Robin Lipp in Legal Intelligencer: Why Philadelphia Public Schools Need More State Funding

This week, associate attorney Robin Lipp published an article in the Legal Intelligencer surveying distressing signs in Philadelphia’s public schools. The article concludes that Philadelphia needs more state funds to address its basic problems, and that an ongoing lawsuit under the Pennsylvania Constitution will clarify the state’s legal obligation to provide adequate and equitable funding. [...]

Robin Lipp in Legal Intelligencer: Why Philadelphia Public Schools Need More State Funding2020-04-01T18:04:33-04:00

My child receives special education. What are our rights?

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 [...]

My child receives special education. What are our rights?2019-10-16T15:43:09-04:00

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 Philadelphia2019-08-08T14:40:52-04:00
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