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Special Education Law in Oklahoma
Audio CD
$219.99 USD
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Audio CD - 4+ hours   Instructions
5 hr 9 min
Multi-disc audio recording with electronic manual and instructions.
PESI Publishing & Media
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Compare and contrast the differences between FERPA and Oklahoma’s Education records laws.
  2. Identify which staff members should have access to a student’s IEP and BIP.
  3. Recognize the primary sources of liability related to special education.
  4. Outline the steps to take when dealing with a violent student.
  5. Explain the difference in dealing with voluntary vs. involuntary violence.
  6. Identify how class size affects instruction of students with disabilities.
  7. Discuss the dangers of mixing social media and special education.
  8. Recognize the potential ethical conflicts that exist in dealing with special education disagreements.
Overview of Recent Cases and Developments

Records - Laws Governing Access to Information
  • FERPA and Special Education records
  • Oklahoma Education related Privacy laws
  • HIPPA and student medical information
  • Which staff members should have access?
  • Dealing with information about students who pose a threat to other students
Special Education Liability - The Sources
  • Compensatory Education issues
  • Private placement at district expense
  • Disability discrimination claims

Violent Students - Physical Restraint and Aversive Therapy
  • Legal standards for dealing with violent students
  • Addressing restraint in the IEP and BIP
  • Distinguishing between voluntary and involuntary violence

Staff Assignments and Mainstreaming
  • When mainstreaming is not the Least
  • Restrictive Environment
  • Assigning a “highly qualified” special education teacher when facing staff shortages
  • Effective vs. ineffective assignments of special education teachers
  • Class size issues and the effect on staff instruction time

Conducting Meetings that Prevent Liability
  • Who should attend and why
  • How to prepare for a potentially confrontational meeting
  • Dealing with parent/staff disagreements over services
  • The role of an attorney in an IEP meeting

Social Media Dangers and Special Education
  • Facebook, twitter, and email’s impact on special education
  • Legal pitfalls for special education staff using social media
  • Dealing with parent and student social media actions
Ethics Scenarios - Real World Hypothetical Discussions


Heath Merchen is an attorney practicing in Oklahoma who represents members of Oklahoma Education Association in a wide variety of education related matters. After graduating with honors from Seattle University school of law, he started his legal career as a prosecuting attorney in Washington state and then went into private practice representing businesses, cities and school districts. Mr. Merchen later became the executive director of Human Resources and general counsel for the Auburn School District in Washington. In 2002, he moved to Oklahoma to be closer to family, working with the OEA and continuing his private practice. He litigates in state and federal courts as well as administrative proceedings and school board hearings, providing representation and advice to a wide range of clients. He also lectures at Oklahoma colleges regarding teacher liability issues and provides training to schools throughout Oklahoma.

Mr. Merchen has litigated special education matters, attended IEP meetings, handled OCR investigations, and provided ongoing legal advice and assistance to both school districts and teachers regarding special education issues. He focuses on helping parents and schools work together for the best interests of the student while maintaining legal compliance and avoiding unnecessary conflict and legal entanglements. His training focuses on using real world scenarios, open discussions, and he encourages questions throughout the presentation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Heath Merchen maintains a private practice. He has an employment relationship with the Oklahoma Education Association. Mr. Merchen receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Heath Merchen has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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The planning committee and staff who controlled the content of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. For speaker disclosures, please see speaker bios.

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