Special Education Law

Even within the context of the potential legal pitfalls faced by public school districts in Pennsylvania, the regulatory requirements associated with meeting the needs of special education students comprise a daunting challenge. To a greater degree than in many other areas of education law, schools and school districts can be exposed to substantial liability if their faculty and staff are not well-versed in the rules that apply to their respective duties.

School administrators can turn to the special ed attorneys of Raffaele Puppio for help in mitigating that risk. In Delaware County and throughout the greater Philadelphia area, we assist public schools and school districts in complying with the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Pennsylvania’s Section 504 requirements, and all other federal, state, and local laws that govern the provision of special education services.

We have advised and assisted clients with due process hearings, due process appeals, and all other aspects of special education legal proceedings. We can even conduct audits of a school or district’s processes for dispensing special education services in order to identify potential shortcomings before they manifest in a lawsuit by a student’s family.

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