Michael Connolly, Esq. of McAndrews Law Featured in The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine

Spring 2018 The May/June 2018 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine features Michael Connolly, Esq. of McAndrews Law Offices and his recent article “NOT SO FAST: School Discipline for Students with Disabilities”. The Pennsylvania Lawyer is the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s membership magazine whose mission is to inform, educate, analyze and provide a forum for comment and…

English Language Learners (“ELL”)

April 2018 The MLO Minute: English Language Learners (“ELL”) By Tanya Alvarado, Esq.   Pennsylvania Guidelines for Identifying Students Who Are English Language Learners and Have Special Education Needs The PA Department of Education provides Guidelines for the education of English Language Learners (ELL) who may be eligible for, or already have, IEPs.  See, PDE…

When Anxiety Interferes with a Student’s Ability to Learn

April 2018 The MLO Minute: When Anxiety Interferes with a Student’s Ability to Learn: IEPs, 504 Plans, and the Limits of District Responsibility    There are seven types of anxiety that may impact students in the educational setting: Generalized Anxiety Disorder – chronic anxiety, exaggerated worry and tension, even when there is little or nothing to provoke…

Our Clients and Colleagues Respond to Our Litigation Victories

April 2018 The MLO Minute: Our Clients and Colleagues Respond to Our Litigation Victories Our recent MLO Minutes reported two recent major litigation decisions in which we prevailed on behalf of children with disabilities. Our clients, friends, and colleagues have responded, and we pass their comments along with gratitude and profound respect.   “I have been…

Department of Justice Reaches Settlement on ADA Violations with one of the Largest Childcare Providers in the U.S.

March 27th, 2018 The MLO Minute: Department of Justice Reaches Settlement on ADA Violations with one of the Largest Childcare Providers in the U.S. By Michael Connolly, Esq. The Learning Care Group, Inc. (“LCG”), one of the largest child care providers in North America which operates under several different “brands” including Childtime Learning Centers, Tutor Time…

COLORADO’S US DISTRICT COURT DECISION IN ENDREW F. DECLARES ANOTHER VICTORY FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

February 15th, 2018 The MLO Minute: COLORADO’S US DISTRICT COURT DECISION IN ENDREW F. DECLARES ANOTHER VICTORY FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS By Tanya Alvarado, Esq. Parents and professionals working with children with special education needs recall last year’s resounding victory when the United States Supreme Court unanimously struck down the exceedingly low standards set by…

OSER’s Q and A to Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District

February 15th, 2018 The MLO Minute: OSER’s Q and A to Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District Recently, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS) issued guidance to School Districts and Parents regarding Endrew F. vs. Douglas County School District. Available to download at https://sites.ed.gov/idea/files/qa-endrewcase-12-07-2017.pdf  This guidance provides some important guidance for IEP Teams.…