Special Education Rights
If you are working through special education law issues, the process can be complex, confusing and intimidating. We are prepared to put our years of experience to work to help you reach the best possible outcome. Bringing a Leigh Law Group team member to your IEP team meeting or Section 504 plan meeting means you can attend with as much power and know-how as the school district. You will attend these meetings with a seasoned Leigh Law Group team member who will target the needs of your child and work collaboratively for an appropriate, results-oriented outcome.
Leigh Law Group is comprised of San Francisco special education attorneys and child advocates who work to assist parents in obtaining a free and appropriate public education (FAPE). We work across California with offices in Marin County, Los Angeles and San Francisco. At our firm, you are our priority. We will provide you with individualized guidance to protect the rights of both you and your child.
Protecting Your Child’s Right To FAPE
The FAPE standard is a right that is specifically outlined in both federal and state law, federal and state regulation, federal and state advisory opinions, and regulatory and case law and requires that school districts provide educational programming, services and placement designed to meet a child’s unique needs so that the child may make measurable gains within a year.
If your child is determined to be eligible for special education services by your school district following a thorough assessment, then he or she may be entitled to either a Section 504 plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP). You may also have a dispute about your child’s right to be assessed at all and whether your child was deemed ineligible for special education.
Guiding You Through Potential Obstacles
Though children with unique needs have a right to FAPE, there are several legal processes both schools and families must go through to obtain it. These complex processes can lead to conflict.
If you and your school district cannot agree on appropriate programming, placement, IEP goals, services or special education eligibility, then state and federal laws allow the parent of a child with special needs to file for an administrative trial-like proceeding referred to as “due process.” The special education laws provide that parents who win in the due process hearing may be entitled to have their reasonable attorney fees paid by the school district. This fee provision allows us to charge our clients reduced or lower fees.
The attorneys at Leigh Law Group are prepared to work with you on issues related to:
- Expulsions and manifestation hearings
- 504 or IEP removals
- Additional services for individuals with disabilities
- Conservatorship issues and hearings
Contact Attorneys Who Understand Special Education Rights
We do not charge for our initial consultation. The process starts with a free phone call or in-person meeting in our office to get a general idea of your situation.