New Jersey lawyer focusing on special education law and employment law

Category: Student Rights

Young Woman Crying in the School Hallway

Bullying, Tuition Reimbursement, and the IDEA

In a carefully written and extremely well researched 51-page opinion, a New York federal court held that when a student with a disability experiences

Concussions, School Performance, and Accommodations

Concussions are on the rise. The Center for Disease Control recently reported that from 2001 to 2009, the number of emergency hospital visits for

Hugs, Harassment, and Humanity

What was really going on when Tyler Blackmore, the principal of Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School (in New Jersey), declared over the school’s


Disability, Age Waivers, and Sports Tournaments

There is an interesting petition on that seeks to change a rule permitting Michigan high school student Eric Dompierre to play ball for at

NJ Anti-Bullying Law Still Alive

The viability of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, which I have discussed in  previous posts (here and there), seemed to be in

Student Records Are Confidential

Student records are confidential and should not be distributed to the public. In L.S. v. Mt. Olive Board of Education, the court finds that a schoo

Microwave oven on the table

Diabetes, Microwaves, and 504

I previously blogged about food allergies and special dietary needs in school. In that post, I discussed that when a student has special dietary

Student Rights in the Internet Era

On June 13, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued two very important decisions affecting student rights. In both cases, t

What Are My Rights?

From time to time, I receive brief telephone messages on my answering service or a brief email from a concerned parent of a special needs child who

Developing Effective Anti-Bullying Programs

In a previous blog entry, I explained that cyberbullying is a complex issue because it involves off-campus, online speech. Furthermore, when a schoo