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…

Compensatory Education Issues During, Before, and After the Pandemic: Effective Advocacy and Avoiding Missteps

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 FOUR “Compensatory Education Issues During, Before, and After the Pandemic: Effective Advocacy and Avoiding…

Advocating for In-Person Instruction for Your Child with an IEP

August 2020 The MLO Minute: By Michael Connolly, Esq., Supervising Partner of Special Education, and Dennis McAndrews, Esq., Founder With so many schools moving to virtual instruction, either full-time or part-time, students with IEPs cannot afford to be left behind any longer where such remote instruction does not provide meaningful benefit. While some school districts and charter…

NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA LAWYER ADVOCATES FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS

Advocating for Children and Their Families for Over 35 Years FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Allyson McAndrews, M.Ed., Director of Marketing, amcandrews@mcandrewslaw.com NORTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA LAWYER ADVOCATES FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION STUDENTS Scranton, Pennsylvania (August 2020): As controversy rages across Pennsylvania concerning the manner by which students will return to school, the rights of children…

Not All Special Education Attorneys Are As Qualified As You Think: Parents Should Be Sure Their Attorney is Competent

August 2020  The MLO Minute: By, Heather Hulse, J.D., M.S., M.A. Partner and Lead Special Education Attorney in our Scranton Office Special education law is quite complex and involves the understanding of specific federal and state laws, as well as educational assessments, educational programs, and progress monitoring. This is most certainly not an area of…

Maintaining In–Person Special Education Programming When Schools Close or Retrench

August 2020  The MLO Minute, By Dennis McAndrews, Esq., Founder, Michael Connolly, Esq., Supervising Partner of Special Education, and Kimberly Caputo, Esq.         School districts everywhere are struggling to decide how their schools might open for the upcoming school year. The options being considered run the full gamut from 100% virtual instruction…