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CRA Petitions for Children with Disabilities – Are They Proper?

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In an important opinion released on February 6, 2018, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) made clear that the truancy provisions of the Children Requiring Assistance (CRA) statute must not be applied to children ...

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Attorney Katie Meinelt joins Sankey Law Offices

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Sankey Law Offices, P.C. is happy to announce that Katie Meinelt has recently joined the firm. Katie was previously a partner at Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP where she represented public schools and charter schools ...

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Heightened FAPE Standard Announced by the Supreme Court

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As the new school year begins, it’s important to keep in mind the new Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) standard introduced by the United States Supreme Court earlier this year. On January 11, 2017, the Supreme ...

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Supreme Court Hears Service Dog Case

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Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), individuals claiming a violation of IDEA must exhaust administrative proceedings before bringing a case against a school district in federal court. But what ...

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What Are Related Services for Special Education?

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The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is the federal law that governs special education. Children who are eligible to receive special education services are eligible to receive both (1) special education and ...

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What is an IEP Team and Who are its Members?

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Similar to athletic teams, an Individualized Education Plan  team (“team”) is comprised of persons who hold specific roles. A team generally includes the following individuals: Parents of the child with the disability At ...

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United States Supreme Court to Consider Whether to Adopt a Heightened FAPE Standard

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For the first time since 1982, the United States Supreme Court will consider what level of educational benefit a school must deliver to a student receiving special education services in order to meet the Free and Appropriate ...

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What Impairments are Considered ‘Disabilities’ for Special Education Purposes in Massachusetts?

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Are you wondering whether your child has a disability that may qualify him or her for special education services? The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) – the federal law that governs special education ...

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Who Qualifies for Special Education Services?

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When your child demonstrates academic, social or emotional difficulties at school, you may wonder whether he or she might need special education services. How is a child found eligible for such services? The Individuals with ...

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Effective Parents Recognize that Change Takes Time

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Effective parents recognize that change  takes time, and they implement a plan to make necessary changes Do you recall the old saying, “Patience is a virtue”?  While the ability to wait calmly or to accept delay ...

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