Entries by Daniel S. Perlman

Newton SEPAC Presentation – March 19, 2015

Navigating the Special Education Process (Followed by Questions and Answers) Presentation by Daniel S. Perlman for the Newton SEPAC When:  Thursday, March 19th, 6:30-9:00 PM Where:  Newton family private residence – If you would like to attend, please contact Julia Elhauge, who is graciously hosting this event. Julia can be reached by email at elhauge@verizon.net. I’m looking forward to […]

School Observations: A Parent’s Right

Recently, a parent sent me an email asking whether a school district could significantly limit an observation of her son’s classroom. The school district was attempting to impose numerous restrictions. An amendment to the special education law in 2008 solidified a parent’s right to observe, and an advisory from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education […]

Independent Educational Evaluations: Use it or Lose it

In special education law, independent educational evaluations are important both to inform parents and school districts about the unique needs of a student. Parents can pay privately for an evaluation at any time, and share the results with the school district at a Team meeting. Parents can choose whether to share an evaluation. Sometimes, for example, evaluations contain […]

10 Red Flags in Special Education School Records

The best way for parents to determine whether their child is making effective progress is to rely on independent evaluators. In addition, there are red flags to look for within a student’s school records, including those found in Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and progress reports. Below are ten examples of red flags that might indicate that […]

Welcome – Special Education Blog

Welcome to my special education blog. I will use this space to write about updates and current issues related to the legal rights of students with disabilities in Massachusetts (special education law). I will also maintain a blog at specialedlaw.com, with posts about Bureau of Special Education Appeals (BSEA) cases and legal research. Because every legal matter is different, the information you […]