SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW BLOG

May 14, 2020

As you may know, to receive the settlement authority in a special education case, the Department must submit a “Comptroller Memo” to the NYC Office of the Comptroller detailing the legal reason for settlement. The Comptroller then reviews the Comptroller Memo and provi...

March 27, 2020

We understand this is a very challenging time. We will do everything possible to alleviate the additional stress that you may be having regarding your child’s case. Please be safe! Below you will find answers to many of the questions you may have.
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March 1, 2020

We know the impartial hearing process can be extremely stressful for parents. At Ratcliff Law, it is our goal to make the process as seamless as possible. While the process has always been slow due to inadequate payment policies, delays in docket management and local l...

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...

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...