HERE AND NOW: Key OSEP Letters and Their Impact on Special Education
Since the inception of the IDEA, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs ("OSEP") has been called upon to provide its interpretation of virtually all aspects of the law. While not legally binding, OSEP guidance letters nonetheless have had a significant influence on many rulings issued by the courts and in due process. This session offers a look at some of the most noteworthy OSEP guidance from the past several decades—covering topics ranging from preschool students to postsecondary transition—and how such guidance continues to impact the decision-making process of dsitricts and IEP teams in meeting the needs of students with disabilities.
SPOTLIGHT ON PRACTICE: Considering the Continuum
The IDEA requires districts to ensure that a continuum of alternative placements is available to meet the needs of students with disabilities. This obligation poses significant challenges for IEP teans. Must a student be placed and fail in a less restrictive one? Does the continuum obligation apply to to charter schools? To ESY decisions? We will tackle these questions and others, along with examining recent cases concerning home instruction, independent study, residential placements and various other restrictive placements along the continuum.
This highly popular session provides an overview of the most important recent cases from the Office of Administrative Hearings and the courts—and why they matter to special educators. We also highlight new guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. And, of course, we will provide any late-breaking legal developments related to COVID-19 and our schools.
Special Education Symposium
CODE OF CONDUCT FOR F3 LAW VIRTUAL SPECIAL EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
F3 is committed to ensuring that its virtual Special Education Symposium (SES) creates an engaging learning environment that is free from inappropriate behavior. By registering for the SES, participants agree to the following requirements:
-Comply with all rules specified in this Code of Conduct and follow the instructions of SES staff.
-Be considerate, respectful and collaborative.
-Refrain from inappropriate, demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing speech and behavior.
Failure to comply with these requirements may result in expulsion from the virtual SES without warning and the expelled participant shall not be entitled to a refund of his/her SES registration fee. If you witness any inappropriate behavior during the virtual SES, please report it immediately by sending an email to Communications@f3law.com.
You may request that your report remain confidential.