Department of Education Identifies Long COVID as Potential Disability Requiring Special Education and Compensatory Services

August 2021 — The MLO Minute: By Caitlin McAndrews, Esq. and Dennis McAndrews, Esq. —  The current pandemic has created extraordinary challenges for children, families, and schools in meeting the needs of students at every level of their educational programs. Children with disabilities are particularly affected, and both federal and state educational agencies have clearly…

Our Firm Welcomes (Back) Jacqueline C. Lembeck!

August 2021 — The MLO Minute:  Jacqueline (“Jacki”) C. Lembeck is considered a premier special education attorney in Pennsylvania, and from 2014 to 2018 she provided outstanding service to our clients as an associate attorney at McAndrews Law Offices in the Special Education Department. As Jacki’s family expanded, she found a need to work closer…

The NY Times Speaks with Attorney Dennis McAndrews Regarding Cosby’s Overturned Conviction

July 2021–  Cosby is released from prison following court’s decision to overturn conviction —  This past month, comedian and actor Bill Cosby was released from prison after The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the indecent sexual assault conviction. Over 15 years ago, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor declined to prosecute the case in return for…

Typical Preschool Tuition Available Where Necessary for FAPE: A Victory for Parents and Students in Pennsylvania

July 2021 —  The MLO Minute: By Michael Connolly, Esq., Supervising Partner of our Special Education Department — For years now, many Intermediate Units (“IUs”) throughout Pennsylvania have taken the position, based at least in part on several older, misguided Pennsylvania Hearing Officer Decisions, that under no circumstances were IU’s responsible for typical preschool tuition…

Recent SCOTUS Decision Regarding High School Cheerleader and Freedom of Speech

June 2021 —  The MLO Minute: By Nancy Potter, Esq., Heather Hulse, J.D., M.S., M.A., and Michael Connolly, Esq. —  This past June 2021, for the first time, the U.S .Supreme Court held that public schools’ authority to regulate student speech is highly limited in off-campus settings, including on social media. The Supreme Court, in an…

Kimberly Caputo, Esq. of McAndrews Law is Featured in Chalkbeat Philadelphia Regarding Act 66 of 2021!

July 2021 —  Kimberly Caputo, Esq., a special education attorney with McAndrews, Mehalick, Connolly, Hulse and Ryan P.C., recently spoke with Neena Hagen of Chalkbeat Philadelphia regarding Act 66 — a new law signed by Governor Wolf which allows Pennsylvania students to repeat a school year. Kim and Nancy Potter, Esq. (another wonderful special education…

New OCR Guidance Extends Title IX Protections to LGBTQ+ Students

June 2021 — The MLO Minute: By Nancy Potter, Esq. — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights recently issued a Notice of Interpretation explaining that it will enforce Title IX’s prohibition on discrimination on the basis of sex to include: (1) discrimination based on sexual orientation; and (2) discrimination based on gender identity. Title…