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INTRODUCING THE 2021 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
The Most Significant Cases From a Most Unprecedented Year:
2020's Lessons for Today and Beyond
Karen Haase Attorney,
KSB School Law, PC, LLO,
2020 was a year like no other. School attorney Karen Haase will review the most interesting and significant cases that emerged before and during the pandemic applying the IDEA, Section 504, and the ADA. In this fast-paced General Session, she'll examine judicial and administrative decisions and provide practical suggestions about what these trends may mean for both schools and families of students with disabilities.
You Be the Judge: Are These School Actions Defensible or Disastrous?
Jan Tomsky Partner, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Oakland, Calif.
Get ready to test your legal IQ as the National Institute brings LRP's most popular staff training feature to life! In this interactive session based on actual cases and administrative decisions, you'll hear about special education situations that sparked costly disputes. Then, in real time, vote on how you would rule if you were the judge. Attorneys Tiffany Kesslar and Jan Tomsky will tally the results and provide immediate feedback and legal analysis. Plus, they will share practical tips and legal strategies to improve compliance and parent communications and avoid future conflicts.
The First 90 Days of the Biden/Harris Administration and the Future of Special Education
Jackie Wernz Partner, Franczek PC, Chicago, Ill.
Kendra Yoch Partner, Franczek PC, Chicago, Ill.
As a candidate, President Biden promised to increase funding for IDEA and Title I and to double the number of psychologists, counselors, nurses, and social workers in schools. He supported the Keeping All Students Safe Act, which would end the use of seclusion and decrease the use of physical restraint in school. And he planned to increase the Office for Civil Rights' investigation and enforcement activity. What has the Biden/Harris administration implemented in its first 90 days and what do changes mean for special educators across the country? Attorneys Jackie Wernz and Kendra Yoch will dive into the Biden/Harris agenda as it relates to special education, work through changes seen and expected, and discuss what steps schools should take now to respond.