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Special Education Law: Skillfully Navigate Cutting-Edge Legal Issues for the 2024 School Year

John B. Comegno II, Esq.
Approx. 6 Hours
Mar 12, 2024
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In this fast-paced, informative, and entertaining training, nationally recognized education law litigator and law professor John B. Comegno II, Esq, will provide practical suggestions to help you skillfully navigate cutting-edge special education legal issues for the current school year.

Watch and discover the answers to some of the most urgent questions, including:

  • Why does Child Find mean more now, than ever?
  • What is “COVID-19-LD” eligibility, and how to avoid it through best practices?
  • Does “long-COVID-19” automatically require IEPs or Section 504 plans?
  • IDEIA, IEPs, LRE, IEE – what does it all mean and how to ensure compliance?
  • How to most effectively defend “comp ed” claims?
  • What is the most important legal issue to consider while re-opening school this year?
  • Is SEL different now, and what does that mean for the future of instruction?

A cursory knowledge of the law or applying common sense does not begin to protect school districts and professionals against the potential legal and financial consequences of misinterpreting special education regulations. Purchase today!


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Comegno Law Group

John B. Comegno II, Esquire, founder and president of the Comegno Law Group, PC, is recognized as a leading school law practitioner, representing public and independent schools through the Northeast region. He is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and has litigated special education disputes across the United States. He lectures to professional groups throughout the region and regularly appears as a keynote speaker for national groups across the country.

Mr. Comegno has broad experience in the area of special education and Section 504 litigation. He regularly mediates special education disputes and tries Due Process Hearings. Working closely with directors of special education, case managers and members of child study and IEP teams to quickly deal with special education issues on a day-to-day basis, Mr. Comegno has extensive experience dealing with disability-specific legal issues and is accustomed to providing quick and thorough legal assistance. He provides counsel regarding the eligibility, evaluation, and classification process. Mr. Comegno also has extensive experience in handling union negotiations, Mr. Comegno is involved in a variety of labor and employment issues including confidentiality and reporting requirements for teachers and staff and sexual harassment in the school setting, including teacher-to-teacher, teacher-to-student and student-to-student harassment.

Drawing from hundreds of seminars to thousands of educational practitioners across the country, John’s lectures are equal parts legal/practical guidance and humor, wit and entertainment. Attendees regularly follow John’s lectures on an annual basis and report that his lecture style not only well-informs but also engages entertains.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: John B. Comegno II maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Wake Forest University School of Law. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: John B. Comegno II is a member of the American Bar Association, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the Burlington County Bar Association, and the Camden County Bar Association.

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  1. Examine how considerations for education changed on account of COVID-19.  
  2. Use district resources to support student mental health in education. 
  3. Select which educational evaluations and assessments can be used to determine the appropriate plan to improve participation in education. 
  4. Determine who meets the eligibility criteria for special education to better address educational outcomes. 
  5. Use best practices and appropriate considerations for education to develop an IEP.  
  6. Identify ethical considerations related to the delivery of special education. 


The IDEIA Means More Rights

  • How the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act changes rights
  • Why was the IDEIA adopted?
  • The most important policy consideration under the law
  • How and why the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act are different
  • COVID-19’s impact on changing practical implementation of the IDEIA

The Eligibility Criteria Matters… A Lot

  • Who’s eligible, who’s not, and why it’s critically important to know the difference
  • Criteria best practices today
  • How and why the eligibility criteria are different between the “vehicles”

Child Find Requires the Big Eye

  • The #1 legal issue after COVID-19
  • Accurate data collection as crucial to Child Find compliance
  • How to consider “need” with changing teaching vehicles
  • But is it “SDI?” (And why nothing else matters)

IEPs Address Needs… Uniquely

  • Apply key best practices considerations to IEP drafting
  • They way COVID-19 changes IEP drafting, today
  • Crucial role of data collection to effective IEP drafting

IEP Isn’t the First Option… Or the Last

  • LRE is not a “place” is key to IDEIA compliance
  • Explore and apply the resource continuum
  • The ways COVID-19 highlighted gaps in services and school resources
  • Develop smart goals and objectives

Rules for Identification and Evaluation

  • Review evaluation and assessment options
  • The IEE is not a blank check
  • How to properly and efficiently address independent evaluation requests

O Captain, My Captain. Simple Ways to Avoid Due Process

  • Remember the Comegno Combat rules
  • Practical suggestions, including how to capitalize on district resources
  • What wins cases?

Mental Health Matters… More Than Ever

  • The anxiety epidemic
  • Is the student different? Why?
  • Objectively gauging need in the post- COVID-19
  • How to use district resources to support, enable, and avoid

Yes, Discipline is Different

  • The reality of discipline and behavioral intervention
  • MDs, FBAs, and other great, important acronyms

Ethical Considerations

  • Student records issues under FERPA and IDEIA
  • Confidentiality in virtual instruction
  • How COVID-19 changed student records

Everybody Loves a Pony

  • Service animal - What it, and is not
  • How to regulate and support students with service animal needs

Target Audience

  • School Administrators
  • School Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • School Nurses
  • Related Service Providers
  • General Education Teachers
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Other Professionals working with Students


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