San Francisco Education Law Blog

Is my child eligible for an individualized education program?

If your child is struggling in school, has a difficult time concentrating or seems withdrawn, you may be wondering what you can do as a parent to help your child succeed. Your child may have a learning disability or another impairment that is making school difficult for him or her. If your child is struggling, it is important to request an assessment to see if your child is eligible for special education.

Children who qualify for special education will receive an individualized education program (IEP). This is a document that describes your child's education needs as well as the services that your school district will provide to meet your child's needs. IEP can also refer to the process of creating the IEP document.

Tips for addressing a disagreement with your child's teacher

Every parent experiences a disagreement with their child's teacher at some point. You may not see eye-to-eye with how a teacher interacts with your child, disciplines them or manages the classroom. A teacher may not understand your child's special needs due to an executive functioning issue or disorder.

With a small adjustment in the classroom, your child might excel. Disagreements are bound to happen, but how they are handled can greatly affect the outcome. Consider the following six tips for addressing problems with a teacher. If matters cannot be resolved or if they involve bigger issues, then it may be helpful to have an education law attorney represent your interests at a follow-up meeting with the administration.

The cyberbullying summit: Steps for prevention

Children and teens spend extensive hours on their phones and online. Their social lives are intertwined in texting, gaming and social media. Kids communicate through these channels in negative ways, too. Your child might receive harmful and negative content about themselves or their classmates online, known as cyberbullying. Cyberbullying can be humiliating for kids and teens, leading to depression and anxiety.

The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summit on Cyberbullying was recently held at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The summit included panel discussions with representatives from Google, Twitter, Facebook and the Family Online Safety Institute. A law enforcement panel addressed the issue of sending illicit photos and how it can lead to cyberbullying. The panels dug into how deeply cyberbullying can affect kids. Parents want to know how these platforms are protecting their children and what they can do to stop it.

Leigh Law Group obtains temporary restraining order for a young autistic man to run track

Sometimes it's the relatively small victories that are the most satisfying.  The ones that go unnoticed by the wider world but which make a tangible, enriching difference in the life of a disabled person.

In Daubert v. Lindsay Unified School District (9th Cir. - July 25, 2014) 1:09-cv-1463 GSA, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the granting of the school district’s motion for summary judgment. Plaintiff claimed that the school football field public bleacher seating’s lack of wheelchair accessibility violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  In that instance, the bleachers were accessible only by stairs and the other viewing locations were not on the field.

Important things to know when hiring a special education attorney

We at the Leigh Law Group know hiring a special education attorney can be (wait,... is) daunting.  You have to face trusting your child, that precious gift that changed your life more than any one single thing, to someone you only barely know.  Here are some things you should know:

Leigh Law Group partner Mandy Leigh argues case before 9th Circuit Court of Appeals

Leigh Law Group founder and partner Mandy Leigh recently argued before the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a longstanding special education case raising issues of first impression in the Ninth Circuit.

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