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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.
Is RTI Making a Difference?
The next generation holds as much diversity as it does potential, so having the best possible intervention systems in place is critical. From classroom curriculum to afterschool programs to employee professional development, your district’s ability to cope with the various challenges students face will play a huge role in your impact on students’ education.Continue Reading
How to Leverage Your IEP Service Tracking System for Better Progress Monitoring
School districts need to monitor student progress to assess student outcomes, submit mandated state and federal reports, and in many states, claim Medicaid reimbursements. But progress monitoring can also be used to help identify and support requests for additional staffing needs or pinpoint professional development gaps.
K-12 Data Security: It’s Never Been More Important to Have a Plan
Unless you’ve been offline since the days of dial-up and connecting to the internet courtesy of a CD from America Online, you know what it’s like to turn on the news and wonder if your passwords are now in some hacker’s grubby fingers.Continue Reading
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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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Your RTI and MTSS Academic Screening Process: Performing a Check-Up
School-wide academic screeners provide the equivalent of air traffic control for RTI/MTSS and lend considerable power to the RTI/MTSS model. Because so much of the impact of RTI/MTSS depends upon the quality and use of screening data, veteran RTI/MTSS districts should start the school year by reviewing their school-wide screening procedures.Continue Reading
Is It Legal to Collect Employee Health Data?
As states and schools craft plans for whether and how to reopen, one critical element to such plans is how COVID-19 symptoms and cases are tracked. But you may wonder, is it even legal to collect and track this data?Continue Reading
Teacher Absences & Subs
One State’s Journey to Fewer Teacher Absences
Rhode Island: a state known for its gorgeous coastline, diminutive size and… teacher absences? Since the Thomas B. Fordham Institute published its Teacher Absenteeism in Charter and Traditional Public Schools report in September, there has been plenty of talk about the state’s high teacher absenteeism rates. And there’s no debating that the numbers are high.Continue Reading
Do Approved ESSA Plans Meet the Multi-tiered Systems of Support Requirement?
Now that all 50 ESSA plans have been approved by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, we have a clearer window into each state's accountability roadmap and goals, including strategies to meet the requirement of providing struggling learners with evidence-based interventions.Continue Reading
Q&A: Legal Issues When Schools Reopen
How can schools avoid legal exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic? In August, School Law practitioner John B. Comegno II, Esq. presented a webinar on schools' legal considerations as they set about reopening. Here, John responds to audience questions about that topic.Continue Reading
Time & Attendance
Time and Attendance Quiz: What Is Your District Spending?
School's back in full swing – and we've got a quick quiz for you! #1: What percent of your district budget is made up of labor costs? #2: What's the average percent of errors made in payroll? #3: How much did the DOL collect in FLSA backwages in 2008? #4: How much do districts spend on paper timesheets? Find out the answers – and why they matter for your district!Continue Reading