Now updated for 2017/18, this is the comprehensive guide to the Special Educational Needs & Disability Code of Practice 2014 and new SEN framework, which came into force in September 2014.
From award-winning Douglas Silas, a solicitor specialising exclusively in special educational needs, it includes and links to all relevant legislation, regulations and guidance needed.
As an eBook only, this guide is easily carried around on a mobile device and can be used to make searchable highlights/notes/bookmarks.
This guide is for many people, amongst others:
- Parents/carers, young people and their advocates;
- Teachers/SENCOs/lecturers (both in mainstream/special schools or colleges);
- Local Authority officers (dealing with ‘education’ or ‘care’);
- Healthcare professionals (e.g. therapists, psychologists, doctors);
- Anyone involved in Complaints/Appeals/Dispute Resolution.
Douglas specialises exclusively in SEN and has done so successfully for nearly two decades. He is widely respected and internationally recognised as a leading expert in his field.
Douglas has successfully advised & represented thousands of parents of children and young people with SEN/Disability and has also trained a wide variety of people in this field over the years. He has been consistently named as an expert in Education Law by the leading UK legal directories for well over a decade.
During his career, Douglas has helped many parents get the right educational provision or placement for their child, even where they thought that there was no hope left. He specialises in handling the more difficult or complicated cases, sometimes succeeding where parents have already been unsuccessful previously.
Douglas’ website www.SpecialEducationalNeeds.co.uk provides a lot of free information about SEN and is nationally recognised, getting many thousands of visitors (both personal and professional) every month.
In 2011, Douglas was shortlisted by the Law Society for its prestigious 'Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)' award in its annual Excellence Awards. In 2013, Douglas received the first ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award at the Modern Law Awards.
At the time of publication, in Summer 2014, Douglas has already been named ‘Education Lawyer of the Year in England’ in the Corporate International Global Awards 2014 and also ‘UK - Education Lawyer of the Year’ in the ACQ Global Awards 2014. Douglas was shortlisted by the Law Society, for 'Solicitor of the Year (Private Practice)' for the second time in their Excellence Awards, in Autumn 2014.
Intended for Texas school personnel, school board members, interested attorneys, and taxpayers, the eighth edition explains what the law is and what the implications are for effective school operations. It is designed to help professional educators avoid expensive and time consuming lawsuits by taking effective preventive action. It is an especially valuable resource for school law courses and staff development sessions.
The eighth edition begins with a review of the legal structure of the Texas school system. As Chapter 1 notes, education law is a complex interweaving of state and federal constitutional, statutory, administrative, and judicial law. It is important to understand the nature of the system before reading other sections.
Successive chapters address attendance and the instructional program, the education of children with special needs, employment and personnel, expression and associational rights, the role of religion in public schools, student discipline, open meetings and records, privacy, search and seizure, and legal liability under both federal and Texas law. In addition to state law, the book addresses the role of the federal government in school operation through such major federal legislation as the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Statute and case references are kept as simple as possible, and a complete index of case citations is included for those readers who wish to consult the cases themselves. The appendices describe how case law is reported and where to find it, along with a glossary of legal terms and a listing of other sources on Texas school law.
The School Law Handbook is designed to enable educators to confront such issues with information, insight, and initiative. The issues are organized into five areas: the school environment, Constitutional issues, students, personnel, and accountability. Within each area are several chapters, each beginning with a realistic scenario followed by legal and practical analyses of the situation. Armed with this knowledge of the parameters governing each scenario, educators can more effectively manage their responses, asking and answering the key questions:
*What are the legal boundaries?
*What is the district policy related to this issue?
*What are the potential strategies for resolution?
In this era of unparalleled public scrutiny, The School Law Handbook is essential reading for all school personnel. Bill Bosher is Executive Director of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute and Dean of the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Kate Kaminski is an attorney in the field of education law and the Director of Legal and Policy Services for the Virginia School Boards Association. Richard Vacca is Professor Emeritus and Senior Fellow of the Commonwealth Educational Policy Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University.