1. September 2, 2014

    Parents Must Yield Some Control Over Assessments

    BY: Joanne Kim, Adam Newman, Karen Gilyard

    Assessments are one of the primary vehicles by which IEP teams better understand the unique educational needs of special education students.  There are times, however, when a school district’s efforts are frustrated before testing even begins.  Luckily, two recent cases, one decided before the California Office of Administrative Hearing (OAH) and a second decided by […] more

  2. January 15, 2013

    Good-Bye STAR; Hello Common Core Standards – What This Means for Special Education

    BY: Adam Newman, Jennifer Fain

    California, along with 46 other states and the District of Columbia, are gearing-up to implement the common core standards for Math and English Language Arts in 2014. The intent of developing a national common core standard was to eliminate gaps in academic expectations throughout the United States and to more closely align the United States […] more

  3. December 6, 2012

    LEA Has the Right to Seek Copies of Juvenile Court Records

    BY: Adam Newman

    Frequently, when a student is involved in the California juvenile dependency or delinquency courts the student’s LEA is unaware of the nature of the student’s involvement and not privy to information that is pertinent to the student’s educational success.  LEA’s are often unaware that they have the right to petition a juvenile court to release […] more

  4. November 9, 2012

    Disciplining Student with Disabilities for Drugs and Alcohol Under Section 504

    BY: Adam Newman

    Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (“Section 504”) is a Congressional directive to schools receiving any federal funding to eliminate discrimination based on disability from all aspects of school operations. For a student to qualify for Section 504 protection the student must meet three criteria, […] more

  5. October 23, 2012

    Education Attorney Joins AALRR’s Pleasanton Office

    BY: Elizabeth Rho-Ng

    PLEASANTON, Calif. —Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo (AALRR) is pleased to welcome partner Elizabeth J. Rho-Ng to its Pleasanton office, where she will work in the firm’s Education Practice. Rho-Ng represents public school districts on legal compliance issues related to students, including students with disabilities. She also brings extensive experience on topics ranging from […] more