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Best Practices for Service Documentation
In the world of IDEA, documentation is a requirement. However, documentation practices in school districts have no universal standard. This can lead to major problems both for students and districts ― like due process hearings and issues with continuity of service. So, in the absence of universal standards, your district should create best practices of its own. Here is some information to help you get started.
FAQs About Medicaid in Special Education
Medicaid has been linked to special education for decades and is a valuable resource, through reimbursement, to public schools. However, there is plenty of confusion about the correct way to seek Medicaid reimbursement, how to properly document IEPs as they relate to it, and the viability of Medicaid’s role in special education as a whole.Continue Reading
Understanding Section 504
For many educators, understanding Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 remains difficult and raises several questions. In this 7-part video series, education law attorney John Comegno of the Comegno Law Group demystifies 504 by walking you through the seven core concepts of successful 504 implementation and compliance that can limit your potential liability.
Best Practices for Planning Extended School Year Services
As the trees begin to blossom, our thoughts turn naturally to spring and even summer. But if you’re a special education administrator or intervention specialist, your pre-summer list is probably a mile long, even as early as March.Continue Reading
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Top 5 FERPA & HIPAA Misconceptions for Schools
We live in an age filled with threats to student privacy. As an important member of your school community, you’re a defender of that privacy. And that role comes with a great deal of responsibility. Part of your responsibility is understanding two primary laws that protect against the unlawful disclosure of personal and health information: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule.Continue Reading
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4 Ways to Improve Transition Planning in Special Education
Providing individualized special education services in school is crucial to fulfilling the mission of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA). However, in-school services only get you partway to accomplishing IDEA’s goals for students with disabilities.Continue Reading
How One School District Manages Drastic Growth in Special Populations Each Year
Not far from Houston, Texas, Alvin Independent School District is a rapidly growing organization with enrollment increasing by well over 1,000 students annually. New schools are planned and built every year to keep up with projected expansion.Continue Reading
Podcast: Special Education Software Companies as District Partners
Does the road to choosing successful ed-tech seem bumpier for special education programs than it does for other areas of K-12? If yes, is that only because of state compliance regulations? Or is it something else?Continue Reading
Are We Still Providing FAPE?
Following the March 2017 U.S. Supreme Court ruling on special education, what does FAPE actually mean for the over 6.6 million students currently receiving special education in U.S. public schools? How should a student’s needs be met and tracked? Is FAPE different for a student with behavioral difficulties that impact learning and participation?Continue Reading
10 Tips for Present Levels of Performance that Strengthen IEPs
A well-constructed Present Levels of Performance Statement sets the stage for determining goals, specially designed instruction and services for each student. It also provides next year’s teacher with the great instructionally relevant information they need to hit the ground running and maximize benefit to the student.Continue Reading
Tell the Right Story: How Does the Student’s Disability Affect Involvement and Progress in the General Education Curriculum?
Present levels of academic achievement and functional performance (PLAAFP) must include a statement on “how the disability affects the child’s involvement and progress in the general education curriculum.” I think of this section as providing the rationale for all subsequent decisions on what special education, related services and supplemental aids and services the student requires. Pretty important!Continue Reading