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Allison Louise Hertog

Coral Gables Education Law Attorney.

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  1. Special education: Do high schools measure postsecondary goals after the student graduated?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    2. Diane Wiscarson
    2 lawyer answers

    If the student has graduated high school and had post-secondary goals on his IEP, there is no way for the high school to measure those goals.

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  2. Can cse stop a parent from sending there child to a public middle school?there recamendatoin is to put him in a boces center.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    1 lawyer answer

    Your son is entitled to be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment - that means, essentially, that he's entitled to a mainstream classroom placements with reasonable supports (or as often as possible with his mainstream peers with reasonable supports. It's been a few years since I've lived in New York but I understand that Boces is a restrictive environment because there are very few if any typical or mainstream peers in a Boces setting. Therefore, if you think your son can handle...

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  3. I have a diploma from continental academy and i dint know it wasnt accredited

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Giacomo Jacques Behar
    2. Allison Louise Hertog
    3. J Charles Ferrari
    4. F. J. Capriotti III
    4 lawyer answers

    I am so sorry to hear that, especially since you have two babies. The issue of lack of accreditation is an immensely important problem for private schools in Florida of all types, including online schools. Florida Department of Education has it's own online school, Florida Virtual School, which is legitimate and would grant you an diploma. I understand you have to choose another online school because of your child care situation. I've attached a link which gives info on the GED options.

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  4. Special education: How do you write a request to terminate your child's IEP?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    2. Stuart M Nachbar
    2 lawyer answers

    Since the IDEA was amended in 2004 parents have had the right to refuse or terminate all special education services provided by the IEP. The most direct way to do it is to ask for an interim IEP meeting. At that IEP meeting state in writing that you want to terminate the IEP and make sure they do so.

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  5. Is there a federal law prohibiting schools from requiring a student to take ADHD medication?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    2. Janina Dawn Botchis
    2 lawyer answers

    If you're talking about a minor in a public school there is no federal law that I know of which explicitly prohibits schools from requiring a student to take medication. However whether to medicate a child for AFHD is a medical decision that is highly personal. It would violate federal privacy rights for s public school to attempt to require it. Private schools may do so but it's a dubious practice.

  6. Who pays the bills for the Charter Schools in Florida?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    1 lawyer answer

    This is an excellent question. Charter schools are public schools - just like your traditional neighborhood school - except that they have greater autonomy from the local school board (e.g.., they can often hire and fire principals and teachers more easily than traditional public schools), and they can set admissions policies. They are not funded at the same level as traditional public schools - overall they get less money (about 70% as much as traditional public schools, I believe). Charter...

  7. What can a HS student do if s/he doesn't want a para but the school gives him/her one anyway?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    1 lawyer answer

    Is the para provided in the child 's IEP? If so, you should have an IEP mtg to remove it? Sometimes a para is kept on for the benefit of the teacher rather the student. That's not what a para is designed for when it's in an IEP.

  8. My child was registered at his neighborhood school in July, he has an IEP stating placement in a Autism Classroom

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Heather Morcroft
    2. Carol Anne Johnson
    3. Allison Louise Hertog
    4. Jonathan Seth Corchnoy
    4 lawyer answers

    A child's placement cannot be changed - particularly if it is to a more restrictive environment- without an IEP meeting. At that meeting the IEP team would inform you of their proposal and if you disagreed, you could refuse to agree to an IEP. At that time you could file due process - which is an administrative law suit. The Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) is based on your child's unique educational needs. The LRE for one child may not be the same for another child. If you need an...

  9. Can I sue my public school for emotional distress and not helping him get into the correct class?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    1 lawyer answer

    I'm sorry to hear that this is happening to you and your family. Twice Exceptional students like your son are often misunderstood and not serviced wellvin school. In fact, my parents were told I would never go to college. It seems apparent that he's not getting the accommodations he needs and is entitled to in school. You should ask for an interim IEP meeting ASAP. You should go with an advocate or attorney and can find one on AVVO.COM or copaa.org in your area. Make certain you get...

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  10. Can a school district deniey a child with special needs the care they need? What kind of lawyer do I need to contact?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Allison Louise Hertog
    1 lawyer answer

    This is an excellent question which has a short and long answer. The short answer is "No, a school district cannot deny a child with special needs the care they need." The long answer is that the school district is obligated under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act not to discriminate against your child because of their disability and to provide an education which meets your child's unique educational needs in the Least Restrictive...

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