Ask ADAMS About…Dyslexia

March 16, 2016

Dyslexia: Frequently Asked Quesions 1.  What is dyslexia?  Dyslexia is a common learning disorder affecting as many as 80 percent of California students with learning disabilities in special education.  According to the International Dyslexia Association, dyslexia is a language-based specific learning disability (a neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders the ability to learn or use certain academic […]

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How to decide whether your grandchild needs special education.

March 1, 2015

Important Notice to Parents    Important notice to Parents in the Berkeley Unified School District The California Department of Education’s (CDE) Verification Review (VR) of the Berkeley Unified School District’s special education system is scheduled for April 6th-10th.  CDE staff will be in the district reviewing policies, procedures, student records, conducting interviews, and gathering further […]

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What every Grandparent needs to know about Special Education

March 1, 2015

TOGETHER. SHAPING THE FUTURE.  You’re a Grandparent.   You need to know this. Jean Murrell Adams, Senior Managing Attorney ADAMS ESQ, a Special Education Law Firm You’ve reached grandparent status.  If you don’t have a grandchild with a disability, you probably know someone who does.  You may volunteer at your local school or simply be the […]

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Trust the School District With Your Child?

March 1, 2015

Si ustedprefiere la hoja informative en espanolporfavor de comunicarsea oaklandadmin@adamsesq.com  Some psychologists say the most important human emotion is trust. As infants, we learn to trust our parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and other caregivers. As children, we build trusting relationships with friends, religious leaders and our teachers. As adults, these “social contracts”, based on […]

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Stay Put Essential to Protecting Student Rights During Hearing: Reprint of Amicus Brief filed by Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates

August 27, 2014

Below is a reprint of a recent press release by COPAA.  It contains a good legal analysis of the importance of “stay put” . In its amicus brief, filed July 28, the special education administrators and the school boards association argue that the appeals court ruling puts a financial burden on districts, and disrupts the collaborative framework for […]

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Amended California Special Education Regulations

August 27, 2014

Legal Alert: According to a recent blog post on the JDSupra website, nearly 14 years after President Bush signed the IDEA Improvement Act of 2004, California’s special education regulations have been updated and became effective July 1, 2014. The revisions align what the California Department of Education ("CDE") has referred to as "old, out-of-date regulations" […]

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Parents Can Sue School Districts on Their Own Behalf to Enforce Anti-Bullying Laws

August 27, 2014

 Hector F. v. El Centro Elementary Sch. Dist. (CA4/1 D064035 6/24/14)  California’s public schools must protect students from discrimination and harassment engendered by race, gender, sexual orientation or disability.  In particular, Education Code section 32282 requires that public schools develop and implement comprehensive school safety plans which include a discrimination and harassment policy.  These include, […]

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Amended California Special Education Regulations In Effect

July 19, 2014

Legal Alert Nearly 14 years after President Bush signed the IDEA Improvement Act of 2004, special education regulations found in the California Code of Regulations, title 5, sections 3001-3088, have been updated and became effective July 1, 2014. The revisions align what the California Department of Education ("CDE") has referred to as "old, out-of-date regulations" […]

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Special ed student records proof of bullying

May 29, 2014

Threatened with charges of wiretapping: Here’s a case that makes you wonder. A special education high school student recorded a bullying incident and the school district threatened with charges of criminal wiretapping. According to a recent report in the Daily Caller, school administrators agreed to reduce the sentence, and March 19 the student, from South […]

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Suspensions hit minorities, special-ed students hardest

May 29, 2014

According to a recent Seattle Times article, a Washington non-profit group obtained data showing the depth of disproportionate discipline in nine school districts, which affects not just students of color but also those in special-education programs, and those from low-income families and in foster care. In Seattle, for example, the data suggest black students were […]

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