Fighting a school is tough. Don’t go it alone. This firm represents parents and families in disputes with schools, whether or not your child is in special education or regular education.

We handle cases involving:

• Higher Education
• Academic discipline involving claims of cheating
• Discipline cases involving behavior problems
• Bullying
• Residency disputes
• Transportation and bus stop disputes
• Eligibility for special education
• Requests for education records; Freedom of Information Act claims
• Entitlement to evaluations
• Placement disputes
• Least restrictive environment
• Tuition reimbursement
• PPTs
• Mediations
• Due Process
• Expulsions
• Private Schools

Higher Education

Students in college and other post-secondary schools can face charges of violations of a student code of conduct, academic misconduct and other disciplinary charges. These charges may lead to removal from university housing, suspension or permanent expulsion. There is often a hearing process or appeals process you can use to defend yourself. Sadly, most students go to these hearings unprepared. Don’t go it alone. Get legal advice before you go into a hearing.

We handle:

• Suspension from school
• Expulsions
• Judicial Board hearings
• Academic misconduct (cheating)
• Suspension from University housing
• Appeals
• Accommodations for students with disabilities
• Requests for Education Records; Freedom of Information Act claims

Special Education

Does Your Child Have A Disability?

If you suspect your child has a disability, you have certain rights that are protected under federal and state law.

IDEA – The central piece of federal legislation is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, formerly known as the Education of the Handicapped Act. IDEA requires that States provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) for each child with a disability. States must ensure procedural protections for disabled children, including the rights of parents to participate in their child’s education, the right to an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), the right to an evaluation, the right to file for due process, the right to an attorney, and in some cases, reimbursement for attorney fees. An IEP is a document developed in a meeting with the parents, teachers, school administrators, and others. The IEP includes a statement of the child’s present level of educational performance, a description of the necessary special education services, annual goals, a description of related services, and evaluation methods to determine if the goals are met.

Connecticut also has laws which require special education for children with disabilities. “PPT” or “planning and placement team” is Connecticut’s term for an IEP team.

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