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In-Person Seminar

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

Section 504 AND Special Education Law In-Person Bundle
John B. Comegno II, Esq.
7 Hours 45 Minutes
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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.

Attend 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. Register today!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - *

NOTE: Tuition includes one free CE Certificate. For the in-person event, after attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will need to log into their online account to complete the online evaluation (and, if applicable for your profession, the online post-test with 80% passing score). Instructional methods will include PowerPoint, didactic lecture, Q&A, and others. After completion of the evaluation (and post-test, if applicable), participants can download/print their certificate of completion. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance will be available in the attendee online account after completion of the evaluation and online post-test (if the test is required for your profession). An adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be sent within 30 days (if your board allows).

Continuing Education Information: Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live, in-person event only. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of your profession.  As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your profession's standards.

For Planning Committee disclosures, please see below.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - ---

Earn up to 6.0 CE hours. Please see below, for more details, as credit amounts vary by state and profession. 

Counselors - Counselors

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Counselors - Massachusetts Counselors

Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP continuing education credits has been submitted. Updates will be posted as they become available.

Social Workers - Social Workers

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Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


Canadian Social Workers: Canadian provinces may accept activities approved by the ASWB for ongoing professional development.


This course is designed to qualify towards your professional development requirement. The course is 6.0 clock hours in length.

Massachusetts School Personnel

This course may be applicable for 6.0 Professional Development Points toward your Professional Development Plan per the Massachusetts Department of Education recertification guidelines; check with your licensing authority for more information.

Other Professions

This activity qualifies for 365 continuing education minutes as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your activity advertisement and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements. 


John B. Comegno II, Esq.'s Profile

John B. Comegno II, Esq. Related seminars and products

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.

Additional Info

Live Event Schedule

Please note: There will be a lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.

Timeline for Completion

Please complete the CE quiz and/or evaluation within one week after the event.


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  1. Examine how considerations for education changed on account of COVID-19.
  2. Evaluate student mental health difficulties to inform strategies to increase engagement in education.
  3. Utilize evaluations and assessments to determine the appropriate plan to improve participation in education.
  4. Compare who meets the eligibility criteria for special education versus who does not to improve participation in learning.
  5. Analyze the IEP development process to determine the appropriate considerations for education.
  6. Identify ethical considerations related to the delivery of special education to promote overall wellbeing.


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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