Articles Posted in Education Law

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The National Association for the Education of Young Children (otherwise known as NAEYC) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. Pre-school programs can be accredited under a voluntary program with NAEYC. Currently, there are 14 pre-school programs accredited under NAEYC which means that the facility met criteria set forth by NAEYC for education, programming, and facilities. It takes a good deal of hard work, planning, and consistent excellence to get a program accredited under NAEYC. One such program in Jacksonville, Florida stands as a model for pre-school programs accredited under NAEYC – Michele Block Gan Yeladim (at the JCA – Jewish Community Alliance) located at 8505 San Jose Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL 32217 – (904) 730-2100. Under the direction of Theresa Levy, the Michele Block Gan Yeladim Pre-School program provides pre-school and Kindergarten education as well as after school care for these children and older children in a clean, safe, and nurturing environment. You can learn more about this wonderful early education program at www.jcajax.org. You can also search for other NAEYC accredited programs in Jacksonville, Florida as well as other cities by visiting the NAEYC Web Site. It is important for parents to research and visit a pre-school facility before enrollment.

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I am often asked the question, “I need a Lawyer to represent my child’s educational needs before a School or School Board. What kind of Lawyer / Attorney do I need?” This is an excellent question. Frankly, Florida Personal Injury Lawyers are easy to find. Watch television or look in the yellow pages. Special Education lawyers / attorneys are not so easy to find. It is helpful to find a Special Education Lawyer in your geographical area. In North Florida, you would look for an attorney in Jacksonville, Orange Park, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, and the surrounding areas. Getting a school and / or school board to educate your child and provide the services required by law can be quite challenging. If necessary, the Special Education Lawyer can request an administrative hearing and get an order to require the school to comply with the applicable federal and state laws regarding your child’s educational needs.

Every school district has the legal duty to comply with IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Children that may qualify for special education under this federal law include children with mental retardation, hearing impairment (which includes deafness), visual impairment (which includes blindness), serious emotional disturbance, autism, traumatic brain injury (TBI), special learning disability, or other health impairment.

If you need a Special Education lawyer, contact Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A., a laws firm “On Your Side – At Your Side.”

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Children with disabilities and special needs in both public and private institutions in Florida and the rest of the United States should be educated in an environment that is least restrictive. Federal Law – United States Code – Title 20, Chapter 33, Subchapter II, Section 1412 provides the following:

“To the maximum extent appropriate, children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, are educated with children who are not disabled, and special classes, separate schooling, or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only when the nature or severity of the disability of a child is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily.”

Special Education Lawyers in Florida represent and advocate for the educational and best interests of children. Even though it can be challenging to accommodate the needs of a child with disabilities and education, the school, administration, and school board still have a legal duty to comply with Federal and State law. Often times, the school system falls short, ignores the needs of the child and family, and needs to be educated as to the law and educational resources and techniques that should be put in place for the child with Special Needs and disabilities.