Author: pat.hoover

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MCPS special education cases: Ultimately, it's the child who suffers

Washington Post columnist Jay Matthews dedicated his Sunday column to Seth, a 9-year-old boy in Montgomery County Public Schools. Seth is a special education student, and as is the case with too many families this office has helped over the years, Seth’s parents have been in a knock-down, drag-out fight with the school system over how best to address Seth’s numerous and varied needs.

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9-year-old child with autism injured, handcuffed and arrested at school

Roger Parker, Jr., a 9-year-old child with autism, was arrested by police at his Quincy, Illinois, school after he had a “meltdown” during class. School officials at Baldwin South Intermediate School called the police to calm down the little boy after he was escorted from the classroom to a special area.

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Special education law: Why there's a shortage of legal assistance for children with disabilities

There’s no denying that there’s a shortage of legal assistance when it comes to matters concerning children with disabilities. But where does this shortage stem from? Even with special education law being one of the fastest growing fields, there are still very few law schools that offer courses on the subject.