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SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW BLOG

May 23, 2018

Here at Ratcliff Law, we get it: the costs of caring for and educating a special needs child are adding up, and even if you don't think the evaluations conducted by your school district are any good,  you simply can't afford to put down any more money to get your own d...

May 3, 2018

Are you worried you will spend thousands of dollars on a private evaluation and it will all be for naught?  Do you feel lost in terms of what to look for in an evaluator? We are here to help you be sure you are maximizing your investment when it comes to paying for a p...

April 24, 2018

Do you feel like you are getting nowhere in your "back-and-forths" with your District?  Are you worried that your concerns are not being taking seriously or documented properly?  The question is: how do you convey all of your issues in a clear, concise way, confident t...

March 15, 2018

Do you want to be able to walk into your IEP meeting composed, confident, and feeling assured by the knowledge that you know what you what to say under any circumstance?  It is possible to do this, as well as to strike the right tone, and end the meeting on your terms....

March 9, 2018

Here at Ratcliff Law, it is Week 2 of our blog series on helping to make your IEP meeting as painless as possible. Part of reaching that goal is making sure that you understand the roles of each person who will be representing your child at the meeting and how they can...

March 1, 2018

Perhaps one of the most nerve wrecking experiences for a special needs parent is receiving an envelope in the mail from their school district.  Yet, it is that time of year again when families can expect to start hearing from the district regarding IEP meetings. To tha...

February 7, 2018

School Districts often use words or phrases interchangeably that do not mean the same thing. You have likely seen the phrases "Unilaterally Placed" and "Parentally Placed" on your child's IEP or documents. Some parents may assume that these are just technical ways of s...

January 30, 2018

It is bound to happen at some point.  Whether your child is in public or private school; whether it relates to their IEP, evaluation, or class placement; at some point you will find yourself disagreeing with the District.  How you handle these situations when they aris...

January 15, 2018

"I can't afford to pay for private school."  I hear this all the time from parents, and it is understandable. Private special education schools and service programs cost tens of thousands (and sometimes) hundreds of thousand of dollars - to say nothing of attorneys fee...