New National Discipline Report

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Nancy Potter, Esq.  Access to the classroom for all students is paramount to student success. During the COVID pandemic, all students have experienced some degree of suspended education. Resources have been activated nationwide to address the missed school days and lack of in-person instruction during this year. Yet, millions…

New Study Finds Remote Neuropsychological Tests for Children to Be Effective

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Caitlin McAndrews, Esq. and Dennis McAndrews, Esq.    During the current pandemic, delays in conducting psychological testing of children with disabilities has often delayed the implementation of appropriate programming for these children, regardless of whether that instruction is conducted in – person or remotely. Most school districts and charter…

This Week is Mental Illness Awareness Week!

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Allyson McAndrews, M.Ed. The first full week of October is Mental Illness Awareness Week! The U.S. Congress established Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) in 1990 because of the tremendous advocacy work by The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building…

11th Annual National Week of Action Against School Pushout

October 2020 The MLO Minute: By Nancy Potter, Esq. October 3rd and running through October 11th, is the Dignity in Schools Campaign‘s 11th National Week of Action Against School Push Out, bringing, parents, education advocates, lawyers and many others together to amplify the call for schools to move away from punitive, criminalizing policies fueling the…

Innovation and Determination Guide: Our Representation in the Current Pandemic

September 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Katie Ryan, Michael Connolly, Lesley Mehalick, and Dennis McAndrews These have been difficult times for everyone. The challenges faced by families, individuals, businesses, school officials, teachers, and vulnerable populations such as persons with disabilities and the elderly are unprecedented. These circumstances require all of us to adapt and adjust…

Transition Services Must Continue During Pandemic Says USDOE

September 2020 The MLO Minute: By, Dennis McAndrews, Esq. On August 31, the United States Department of Education issued a policy statement on special education transition planning to all public school and charter school officials, together with vocational rehabilitation programs. This major statement emphasizes that while “recognizing that COVID-19 has resulted in students accessing educational services…

IEP Development/Modifications as School Approaches During COVID–19: Issues to Consider and Traps to Avoid

The Special Education Department at McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C. continues to present “Special Education and COVID-19: A Free Virtual Seminar Series” in the upcoming weeks to assist families facing educational issues related to the current health crisis.  PART FIVE “IEP Development/Modifications as School Approaches During COVID–19: Issues to Consider and Traps to…