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Special Education & Education Law

The nature and quality of the education provided to children with special needs is governed by complex federal and state laws and regulations. In order to receive certain federal funds, states must comply with the federal law governing special education. California has done so and has enacted a complex statutory and regulatory scheme governing special education. Under the federal law called the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), qualifying special education students are entitled to a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE). But gaining a FAPE for a special education child is not easy and rests upon the proper enactment and implementation of a “individualized education program” (IEP) for that student. School districts will often seek the cheapest, and not the best, IEP for a special-needs child. By doing so, they often deny the student a FAPE. In order to achieve a FAPE for the special-needs child in that situation often requires mediation, administrative hearings, and administrative appeals under both California and federal law. Mr. Larson can help you navigate the complex processes and rules involved in achieving the best outcome for a special-needs child.

In addition to special education, other education issues are governed by complex statutes and regulations. These include suspension, expulsion, students’ rights to expression.

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