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Preparing for Special Education Placement Disputes

OnDemand Webinar (57 minutes)

Public school districts are compelled to satisfy a myriad of obligations under the federal and state statutes governing the education of disabled students. These statutes provide parents with substantial rights with which to challenge a placement of a disabled student and enabling them to demand a hearing when the school district and the parents cannot reach an agreement. These hearings are time-consuming and extremely expensive for school districts to defend. This on-demand webinar helps those involved in the education of disabled students to develop placement systems for their special needs students that are likely to avoid placement disputes and time-consuming, expensive hearings. This on-demand webinar is critical for special education directors and providers to assist their school systems in handling such disputes.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to review statutory obligations concerning placement.
  • You will be able to identify the student's particular needs and the proper placement.
  • You will be able to describe how to incorporate parents into the placement process.


James P. Evans, Hiscock & Barclay, LLP


Overview of Statutory Obligations Concerning Placement

• Obligations Under IDEA

• Obligations Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act

• Dispute Resolution Under These Federal Statutes

Dispute Concerning Evaluation

• Obligation Under IDEA and Section 504

• Reconciliation of Obligation With Requirement for Academic Intervention Services (e.g., RTI)

• Avoiding Disputes Concerning Evaluations

• Handling Parental Refusal to Consent to an Evaluation or Respond to a Request for Such Consent

Placement Obligations Under IDEA

• Identifying a Student's Needs and Inappropriate Placement

• Incorporating Parents Into the Process to Avoid Disputes

• Reevaluation and Adjustment of Placement

Placement Obligations Under Section 504

• Preparing the Multifaceted Section 504 Committee and Determining Necessary Testing

- Membership of the Committee

- Determining Needed Testing/Information

• Identifying the Student's Particular Needs and the Proper Placement

• Incorporating Parents Into the Process

Handling the Dispute in Its Early Phases

• Managing the Parent Relationship

• Use of Mediation and Dispute Resolution Services

• Preparing Files and Documents to Prepare for Potential Litigation

• Salvaging the Parent Relationship Post-Hearing