OSERS “Dear Colleague” Letter: New Policy Guidance on Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)

On November 16, 2015, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services of the United States Department of Education issued a “Dear Colleague” Letter regarding its new Policy Guidance on Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).  In this letter, OSERS states that for children with disabilities who are below grade level, IEPs should include “ambitious” goals…

Tanya Alvarado, Esq. of McAndrews Law Discusses Bullying Issues on 6abc’s show “Puerto Rican PANORAMA”

McAndrews Law Offices’ Spanish-speaking attorney, Tanya Alvarado, Esq., was a panelist regarding bullying issues in schools on the 6abc show, Puerto Rican PANORAMA, produced and hosted by Diego Castellanos, Ed.D.  Other participants included Laura Silverstein, LCSW, a therapist, and Stephanie A. Gonzalez Ferrandez, Esq., a family law attorney. Ms. Silverstein talked about the emotional impact…

McAndrews Law Offices’ longtime member, Dean Beer, Esq., has been appointed Chief Public Defender of Montgomery County, PA!

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners has appointed our colleague and friend, Dean Beer, Esq., as Chief Public Defender of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Dean is exceptionally well-prepared for this position, having worked for many years in the Philadelphia and Montgomery County Public Defenders’ Offices, in private criminal defense practice, and handling several special education matters with our…

December 2015 – PATTAN in King of Prussia hosts Transition Planning Program

PATTAN in King of Prussia recently held a program regarding Transition Planning – from school to adulthood. The program included some excellent materials which set out the perspectives of the Pennsylvania Department of Education on this issue, as well as checklists and materials which can be very useful for for parents when examining their children’s transition…

NAMI publishes Allyson McAndrews’ holiday article on mental illness!

December 17th, 2015 – National Alliance on Mental Illness features holiday article by Allyson McAndrews, M.Ed., Director of Marketing for McAndrews Law Offices (Click here to find the article on NAMI’s website or read it below!)  Don’t get wrapped up in social media:  This is very easy to say, and quite frankly, I enjoy it, so I’m not…

December 8th, 2015 – Lauren O’Connell Mahler, Esq. of McAndrews Law to present at the National Business Institute’s IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop

Strengthen Your School’s IEP and 504 Plan Process and Protect Student Rights Lauren O’Connell Mahler, Esq. of McAndrews Law will be a speaker at the National Business Institute’s IEP and 504 Plan Legal Workshop on December 8th, 2015 at the Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware. Click here for all of the program details including registration.