Webinar: Part I – Disproportionality of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Special Education (California)

Tuesday January 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m.

Reduction of overrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities identified as “students with a disability” under the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act is a priority for both the California Department of Education and the federal Office of Special Education Programs. A failure to comply with the legal mandates regarding racial disproportionality in special education programs is not only a disservice to students, but can result in costly discrimination claims.

On January 15, Partner Jennifer Rowe Gonzalez, Partner in the Fresno office of Fagen, Friedman and Fulfrost, LLP will present information regarding a school district’s obligation under the law to assess, analyze and reduce disproportional representation of minorities in special education resulting from inappropriate identification; the results of, and required response to, a finding of “significant disproportionality”; and, best practices for avoiding inappropriate identification. A former educator and a seasoned attorney and presenter, Ms. Rowe Gonzalez is uniquely qualified to assist teams to focus on student-centered solutions to special education disputes and issues.