Pullman & Comley’s School Law Practice Hosts Spring Special Education Legal Issues Forum

Attorneys Michael P. McKeon, Mark J. Sommaruga and Melinda B. Kaufmann of Pullman & Comley’s School Law Practice presented at the firm’s semi-annual Special Education Legal Issues Forum on May 5, 2017, at the offices of the Connecticut Association of Schools (“CAS”).  Our firm is proud to be a partner with CAS. 

The May 5th program covered proposed state legislation percolating through the 2017 session of the Connecticut General Assembly, along with the impact of the recent U.S. Supreme Court cases concerning service dogs (Fry v. Napoleon Community Schools) and the standard for a “free appropriate public education” (Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1).  Other topics included independent educational evaluations and parent observations, seclusion and restraint, and charter, vo-tech and magnet school issues, as well as Section 504 and practical Planning and Placement Team meeting tips. 

We have written on many of these subjects previously in Education Law Notes:

http://schoollaw.pullcomblog.com/archives/latest-developments-from-the-connecticut-general-assembly-the-education-committee-has-spoken/

http://schoollaw.pullcomblog.com/archives/united-states-supreme-court-defines-standard-for-special-education-endrew-f-v-douglas-county-school-district-re-1/

http://schoollaw.pullcomblog.com/archives/a-kindergarten-student-and-her-dog-named-wonder-what-rights-do-students-have-to-service-animals-in-the-classroom/

and our seminars allow for us to further the conversation with educators and provide assistance to those who must deal with the day-to-day practical application of many daunting legal commands.   

The Special Education Legal Issues Forum has been designed for school district special education leaders and professionals and covers current legal developments affecting special education, along with practical ways to comply with the myriad of federal and state legal commands.  The program has traditionally included ample opportunities for audience questions and interaction, and allows for attorneys and special educators to share their points of view with respect to the practical application of the law.

The next Special Education Legal Issues Forum will take place in the Fall of 2017. Stay tuned.