Tuition Reimbursement for Special Education in Private Schools: Planning for School Year 2021-2022

Spring 2021 — The MLO Minute: By Dennis McAndrews, Esq. and Alexander Corbin, Esq. —  June is the most critical time for families when they are considering a private school for their child with disabilities for the upcoming school year. As the end of the current school year approaches, families are best able to take…

Planning for School Year 21-22: Unique Considerations for Students with Disabilities

Spring 2021 — The MLO Minute: By Dennis McAndrews, Esq. and Michael Connolly, Esq. —  As families with school-age children take stock of their post-pandemic world, planning for the upcoming school year and assessing any existing rights to compensatory education has become increasingly time-sensitive over the past few weeks. Vaccination rates have risen sharply, positivity…

Dramatic Proposed Changes to the Federal Estate Tax and Taxes on Inherited Property

May 2021 The MLO Minute: By Danielle Friedman, Esq. —  Legislation proposed in the Senate would transform the estate tax, requiring more estates to pay tax. Another proposed law would eliminate the step-up in basis that is currently afforded to inherited assets.   Senator Bernie Sanders’ bill would reduce the current federal estate tax exemption…

School District of Philadelphia Summer Programs and Extended School Year (ESY) Services!

May 2021 The MLO Minute: By, Kimberly Caputo, Esq. The 2020-2021 school year has been unlike any other and this Summer there are offerings for School District of Philadelphia (SDP) students that are also new and never before offered. Although COVID-19 impacted how school looked for students and teachers, it did not impact Extended School…

McAndrews Law Prevails in Precedent-Setting Special Education Case Under Section 504

Spring 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/The MLO Minute: By John Goldsborough, Esq. and Henry Young, Esq. —  While most special education matters are addressed under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (and often by analogy the Americans with Disabilities Act, the standards of which are related to those in…

Will My Stimulus Check Affect My Public Benefits?

April 2021 The MLO Minute: By Jennifer Simons, Esq.           By now many individuals have received at least two, and possibly three, Covid-19 economic stimulus payments. These payments were issued by the federal government to provide financial assistance to those struggling during the Covid-19 pandemic and to help stimulate the economy.…

Attorneys Permitted to Attend Special Education Mediation

March 2021 The MLO Minute: By Michael Connolly, Esq., Supervising Partner of Special Education Since mediation was first offered through the Office for Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) as an option to resolve special education disputes between school districts/charter schools and families in Pennsylvania, attorneys have not been permitted to participate in the process. The thought was to…