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Class Act: Updates in Education Law

Walter Haverfield LLP: Miriam and Lisa

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Class Act: Updates in Education Law

Class Act: Updates in Education Law

Walter Haverfield LLP: Miriam and Lisa

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This podcast explores legal developments relevant to school districts, board of education members, administrators, teachers, and parents.

Latest Episodes

Season 4 Episode 5: Education Law Round Up 2019

Recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode highlights some of the more interesting education law cases decided by appellate courts in 2019. Christina and Miriam summarize judicial rulings and discuss child abuse reporting, retaliation claims, MDR mistakes, and a restraint-and-seclusion case out of the 5th Circuit. Join us for a leisurely and informative look back at 2019! Previous seasons of this podcast, including Season One, are available athttps://www.walterhav.com/podcasts-index/ (https://www.walterhav.com/podcasts-index/) We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments.Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/)

23 MIN5 d ago
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Season 4 Episode 5: Education Law Round Up 2019

Season 4 Episode 4: Planning for ESY and Fall 2020 During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Team decisions about Extended School Year services can be complicated in a regular school year, all the more so during this Coronavirus pandemic. Many school districts are still closed but parents may be expecting in-person ESY services. Join Christina Peer, Miriam Pearlmutter, and Lisa Woloszynek as we discuss ESY decisions, recovery services, and what to keep in mind as your district contemplates fall re-opening scenarios. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/)

--MAY 25
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Season 4 Episode 4: Planning for ESY and Fall 2020 During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Season 4 Episode 3: Distance Learning Challenges and Successes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Well, this last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year has certainly been unusual! Students are adjusting to distance learning while districts are troubleshooting and problem-solving in innovative, creative ways. Christina Peer joins Lisa and Miriam to talk about how special education has - and has not - changed in the era of coronavirus distance learning. We also discuss privacy concerns arising as children connect from home and how to address graduation ceremonies during this COVID-19 pandemic. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/pro...

28 MINMAY 17
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Season 4 Episode 3: Distance Learning Challenges and Successes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Season 4 Episode 2: School Staff and Coronavirus - Your Top Legal Questions

In this second episode of our two-part series on school districts' obligations in light of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at your top legal questions relating to school staff. Lisa and Miriam are joined by Susan Keating Anderson, a partner at Walter Haverfield who advises school districts as to labor and employment issues. We talk about some of the critical questions faced by school districts as they close buildings and make difficult employment decisions: Are staff required to report in some way if a building is closed and students are learning from home? What should districts keep in mind when determining whether employees should be asked to work remotely? Are hourly workers and salaried employees to be treated differently in this circumstance? In addition to the above issues, we also touch upon board meetings and public participation concerns. Join Susan Keating Anderson,Lisa Woloszynek and Miriam Pearlmutter for a remotely-recorded episode exploring these and oth...

--MAR 20
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Season 4 Episode 2: School Staff and Coronavirus - Your Top Legal Questions

Season 4 Episode 1: Coronavirus and Our Schools - Your Top Legal Questions (Student Edition)

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts schools across the country, many districts are looking for guidance in uncertain times. What obligations do schools have to students and families when buildings are closed? How can special education needs be addressed when children are logging on from home? Does the FERPA health emergency exception apply to disclosing confidential information if a student tests positive for the virus? Join Christina Peer,Lisa Woloszynek and Miriam Pearlmutter for a remotely-recorded episode exploring these and other timely district questions. We will discuss general concerns for schools that remain open, as well as issues arising when districts close their buildings. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterh...

--MAR 19
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Season 4 Episode 1: Coronavirus and Our Schools - Your Top Legal Questions (Student Edition)

Season 3 Episode 12: Your Top IEE Questions Answered

You probably know that parents of special education students are entitled to an Independent Educational Evaluation if they disagree with an evaluation conducted by the school district. But what happens if a parent's proposed IEE is expensive or far away or is conducted by unqualified individuals? Does the school still need to fund that kind of request? How long after an evaluation can a parent request an IEE and does she need to offer any kind of explanation for her dissatisfaction with the district's assessments? Join Lisa Woloszynek, Miriam Pearlmutter, and John Moenk, a law clerk and former school administrator, in exploring these questions as well as others we frequently receive about IEEs. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walt...

16 MINFEB 5
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Season 3 Episode 12: Your Top IEE Questions Answered

Season 3 Episode 11: Alphabet Soup for Educators- FBAs, BIPs, and the IDEA!

What is a functional behavior assessment? When is one required? How is this different from a Behavior Intervention Plan? Lisa and Miriam are joined by John Moenk, a law clerk and former school administrator, to discuss what federal law mandates when it comes to students with behavioral challenges. School administrators address misconduct on a daily basis, but some districts are more proactive and successful while others continue to struggle. This episode focuses on how to develop and implement behavior intervention plans (including conducting FBAs) that are meaningful and effective as opposed to perfunctory and redundant. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/pr...

--JAN 8
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Season 3 Episode 11: Alphabet Soup for Educators- FBAs, BIPs, and the IDEA!

Season 3 Episode 10 : Top IEP Challenges Faced by School Teams

Happy Thanksgiving! In today's episode, Lisa and Miriam are joined by John Moenk, our law clerk, to discuss common difficulties in preparing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)for students with special education needs. The IEP document reflects a school district's legal obligation to providequalifying students with a free appropriate publiceducation in their least restrictive environment. But what does that really mean? How should a team draft IEP goals and objectives? What exactly needs to be included in the Present Levels of Performance Section and why? What long term concerns should your teams be considering in determining a child'smastery levels, data collection methods, specially-designed instruction, and ways to measure progress? Join us for an insightful conversation about common challenges and pitfalls school teams oftenface in developing IEPs under special education law and regulations. We practice law at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggest...

--2019 NOV 29
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Season 3 Episode 10 : Top IEP Challenges Faced by School Teams

Season 3 Episode 9: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

As we all know, special education students often have disability-related needs outside of the traditional classroom setting. In the transportation context, however, some circumstances can challenge even the most experienced special education administrator or transportation supervisor. For example, does a district need to provide door-to-door transportation or is curb-to-curb enough? What happens if a teen with a disability keeps missing the bus? How should a district handle a student whose bus behaviors present safety concerns for other children? Join Lisa, Miriam, and our law clerk, John Moenk, for a quick look at some of our frequently asked questions when it comes to transporting students with special needs.We practice law at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professi...

--2019 NOV 1
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Season 3 Episode 9: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Season 3 Episode 8: Transgender Students and Title IX

To finish up our Title IX series, Ben Chojnacki joins Lisa and Miriam to discuss school districts' obligations towards transgender students. Over the last several years,some school districts across the country have found themselves embroiled in local and even national controversies over locker room facilities, preferred names, and overnight field trips. In this episode, we consider a historical perspective on these hot button issues: What guidance did the Office for Civil Rights issue in 2016? Why was it considered controversial and why was it later withdrawn? How are school districts addressing the needs of transgender students in 2019 while waiting for further guidance from federal agencies? Join us for a closerlook at this cutting edge topic, including an exploration of recent case law andcurrent regulations. We practice law at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/benjamin-...

--2019 OCT 4
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Season 3 Episode 8: Transgender Students and Title IX

Latest Episodes

Season 4 Episode 5: Education Law Round Up 2019

Recorded before the COVID-19 pandemic, this episode highlights some of the more interesting education law cases decided by appellate courts in 2019. Christina and Miriam summarize judicial rulings and discuss child abuse reporting, retaliation claims, MDR mistakes, and a restraint-and-seclusion case out of the 5th Circuit. Join us for a leisurely and informative look back at 2019! Previous seasons of this podcast, including Season One, are available athttps://www.walterhav.com/podcasts-index/ (https://www.walterhav.com/podcasts-index/) We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments.Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/)

23 MIN5 d ago
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Season 4 Episode 5: Education Law Round Up 2019

Season 4 Episode 4: Planning for ESY and Fall 2020 During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Team decisions about Extended School Year services can be complicated in a regular school year, all the more so during this Coronavirus pandemic. Many school districts are still closed but parents may be expecting in-person ESY services. Join Christina Peer, Miriam Pearlmutter, and Lisa Woloszynek as we discuss ESY decisions, recovery services, and what to keep in mind as your district contemplates fall re-opening scenarios. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/)

--MAY 25
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Season 4 Episode 4: Planning for ESY and Fall 2020 During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Season 4 Episode 3: Distance Learning Challenges and Successes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Well, this last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year has certainly been unusual! Students are adjusting to distance learning while districts are troubleshooting and problem-solving in innovative, creative ways. Christina Peer joins Lisa and Miriam to talk about how special education has - and has not - changed in the era of coronavirus distance learning. We also discuss privacy concerns arising as children connect from home and how to address graduation ceremonies during this COVID-19 pandemic. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/pro...

28 MINMAY 17
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Season 4 Episode 3: Distance Learning Challenges and Successes During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Season 4 Episode 2: School Staff and Coronavirus - Your Top Legal Questions

In this second episode of our two-part series on school districts' obligations in light of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic, we take a look at your top legal questions relating to school staff. Lisa and Miriam are joined by Susan Keating Anderson, a partner at Walter Haverfield who advises school districts as to labor and employment issues. We talk about some of the critical questions faced by school districts as they close buildings and make difficult employment decisions: Are staff required to report in some way if a building is closed and students are learning from home? What should districts keep in mind when determining whether employees should be asked to work remotely? Are hourly workers and salaried employees to be treated differently in this circumstance? In addition to the above issues, we also touch upon board meetings and public participation concerns. Join Susan Keating Anderson,Lisa Woloszynek and Miriam Pearlmutter for a remotely-recorded episode exploring these and oth...

--MAR 20
Comments
Season 4 Episode 2: School Staff and Coronavirus - Your Top Legal Questions

Season 4 Episode 1: Coronavirus and Our Schools - Your Top Legal Questions (Student Edition)

As the COVID-19 pandemic shuts schools across the country, many districts are looking for guidance in uncertain times. What obligations do schools have to students and families when buildings are closed? How can special education needs be addressed when children are logging on from home? Does the FERPA health emergency exception apply to disclosing confidential information if a student tests positive for the virus? Join Christina Peer,Lisa Woloszynek and Miriam Pearlmutter for a remotely-recorded episode exploring these and other timely district questions. We will discuss general concerns for schools that remain open, as well as issues arising when districts close their buildings. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio, and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/christina-henagen-peer/) https://www.walterh...

--MAR 19
Comments
Season 4 Episode 1: Coronavirus and Our Schools - Your Top Legal Questions (Student Edition)

Season 3 Episode 12: Your Top IEE Questions Answered

You probably know that parents of special education students are entitled to an Independent Educational Evaluation if they disagree with an evaluation conducted by the school district. But what happens if a parent's proposed IEE is expensive or far away or is conducted by unqualified individuals? Does the school still need to fund that kind of request? How long after an evaluation can a parent request an IEE and does she need to offer any kind of explanation for her dissatisfaction with the district's assessments? Join Lisa Woloszynek, Miriam Pearlmutter, and John Moenk, a law clerk and former school administrator, in exploring these questions as well as others we frequently receive about IEEs. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walt...

16 MINFEB 5
Comments
Season 3 Episode 12: Your Top IEE Questions Answered

Season 3 Episode 11: Alphabet Soup for Educators- FBAs, BIPs, and the IDEA!

What is a functional behavior assessment? When is one required? How is this different from a Behavior Intervention Plan? Lisa and Miriam are joined by John Moenk, a law clerk and former school administrator, to discuss what federal law mandates when it comes to students with behavioral challenges. School administrators address misconduct on a daily basis, but some districts are more proactive and successful while others continue to struggle. This episode focuses on how to develop and implement behavior intervention plans (including conducting FBAs) that are meaningful and effective as opposed to perfunctory and redundant. We practice law, including special education law, at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professional/miriam-m-pearlmutter/ (https://www.walterhav.com/pr...

--JAN 8
Comments
Season 3 Episode 11: Alphabet Soup for Educators- FBAs, BIPs, and the IDEA!

Season 3 Episode 10 : Top IEP Challenges Faced by School Teams

Happy Thanksgiving! In today's episode, Lisa and Miriam are joined by John Moenk, our law clerk, to discuss common difficulties in preparing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)for students with special education needs. The IEP document reflects a school district's legal obligation to providequalifying students with a free appropriate publiceducation in their least restrictive environment. But what does that really mean? How should a team draft IEP goals and objectives? What exactly needs to be included in the Present Levels of Performance Section and why? What long term concerns should your teams be considering in determining a child'smastery levels, data collection methods, specially-designed instruction, and ways to measure progress? Join us for an insightful conversation about common challenges and pitfalls school teams oftenface in developing IEPs under special education law and regulations. We practice law at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggest...

--2019 NOV 29
Comments
Season 3 Episode 10 : Top IEP Challenges Faced by School Teams

Season 3 Episode 9: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

As we all know, special education students often have disability-related needs outside of the traditional classroom setting. In the transportation context, however, some circumstances can challenge even the most experienced special education administrator or transportation supervisor. For example, does a district need to provide door-to-door transportation or is curb-to-curb enough? What happens if a teen with a disability keeps missing the bus? How should a district handle a student whose bus behaviors present safety concerns for other children? Join Lisa, Miriam, and our law clerk, John Moenk, for a quick look at some of our frequently asked questions when it comes to transporting students with special needs.We practice law at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/ (https://www.walterhav.com/professional/lisa-h-woloszynek/) https://www.walterhav.com/professi...

--2019 NOV 1
Comments
Season 3 Episode 9: The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round

Season 3 Episode 8: Transgender Students and Title IX

To finish up our Title IX series, Ben Chojnacki joins Lisa and Miriam to discuss school districts' obligations towards transgender students. Over the last several years,some school districts across the country have found themselves embroiled in local and even national controversies over locker room facilities, preferred names, and overnight field trips. In this episode, we consider a historical perspective on these hot button issues: What guidance did the Office for Civil Rights issue in 2016? Why was it considered controversial and why was it later withdrawn? How are school districts addressing the needs of transgender students in 2019 while waiting for further guidance from federal agencies? Join us for a closerlook at this cutting edge topic, including an exploration of recent case law andcurrent regulations. We practice law at Walter Haverfield in Cleveland, Ohio and we welcome your suggestions and comments. Please checkus out at: https://www.walterhav.com/professional/benjamin-...

--2019 OCT 4
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Season 3 Episode 8: Transgender Students and Title IX
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