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Special Education Law in Vermont
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
6 hr 6 min
Multi-disc audio recording (6 hours, 6 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
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  1. Explain common errors in the evaluation process.
  2. Identify common errors in the IEP development process and explain how to avoid them.
  3. Examine the extent of the parent participation requirements.
  4. Outline the importance of documentation.
  5. Describe the legal requirements for and practical uses of the prior written notice.
  6. Explain steps in the IEP team’s consideration and offering of placement in the Least restrictive Environment.
  7. Review the concerning the general education teacher’s responsibilities for students on IEPs.
  8. Become acquainted with new IDEA decisional law.

Identification and Evaluation: Pitfalls to be Avoided
  • Child find; avoiding over- and under-identification; documentation of the decision-making process; evaluation timeframes

Common IEP Errors and How to Avoid Them
  • Drafting useful Present Levels of Performance
  • Drafting of measurable goals and objectives
  • How to make the required “Description of Placement” useful
  • IEP implementation – where did we go wrong?
  • Documenting timely circulation of the IEP

Parent Participation
  • What types of errors may result in denial of procedural FAPE?
  • What to do when parents seek delay in the IEP and/or evaluation process
  • When is it necessary to meet despite parents’ absence from meeting?
  • Why have notes or minutes if the rules do not require them?
  • Documentation of agreement to amend an IEP without a meeting

The Role of Classroom Teachers on the IEP Team
  • Regulatory requirements; functional/practical considerations for general educators on the IEP team; the relevance of licensure requirements

The Prior Written Notice
  • “Do we really have to do this?”
  • How detailed should the content be?
  • How can a prior written notice help a district in the team decision-making process?
  • When should the Form 7 or 7a be completed and sent to the parents?

Misconceptions about Least Restrictive Environment
  • The Second Circuit’s definition
  • Forgotten but crucial elements of the definition
  • LRE and the Concept of a Continuum

Placement Decision-Making: Where Do Teams Go Wrong?
  • Avoiding “pre-determination” of placement; how to “offer” an IEP and placement; common LRE errors; explaining the process to parents

The Importance (and Usefulness) of Documentation
  • Corporate memory; continuity; contact logs, minutes, cover letters; the down siding of tape recordings


Patti Page, is an owner of the Burlington law firm of Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C., where her practice exclusively involves representation of school districts, with a concentration on special education, disabilities and nondiscrimination law, school discipline and confidentiality issues. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Tufts University and her J.D. from Stanford University. Ms. Page has taught post-graduate special education and education law courses at Castleton State College, Lyndon State College, and the University of Vermont, and has been a presenter on special education, Section 504 and education law topics for the Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators, the Vermont Principals’ Association, and for numerous supervisory unions and privately-sponsored workshops.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Patti Page is the owner of Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, PC. She receives a speaking honorarium from VCSEA. Ms. Page receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Patti Page is a member of the American Bar Association; Vermont Bar Association; and Vermont Council of Special Education Administrators.


Dina Atwood is an owner of the Burlington law firm of Stitzel, Page & Fletcher, P.C. Dina represents school districts and other municipalities, in the areas of collective bargaining, labor and employment law, special education and disabilities law, general school law and student discipline matters. Dina received her B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and her J.D. from Vermont Law School. Dina has taught the graduate level Special Education Law for Special Education Administrators course through Castleton State College, and has presented numerous in-services for educational clients and privately sponsored seminars on a wide range of topics including: HIPAA and FERPA compliance, Section 504, Special Education, and Bullying and Harassment.
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General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, School Administrators, School Psychologists, Licensed Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, School Nurses, Related Service Providers, Other Helping Professionals that Work with Children