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Education Dilemmas When Dealing With Autistic Children and Their Parents

Posted on July 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

As the parents of Autistic Children ask for more one-on-one help in the classroom, the parents of the regular kids want more one-on-one computer training realizing that the job market will require computer skills, all this at a time when many school districts are cutting in those departments too. Often, school board meetings turn into cat fights, as the parents act more like ADHD children in war of words. And if that is not bad enough consider that many school districts get much of their funding from property taxes, and we all know about the housing sub-prime lending crisis, foreclosures and the drop in property values.

Another huge issue is one of special education lawyers who have developed practices suing schools and staff for their handling of IDEA Law of 2004. A good book you should read is; “Educating Children with Autism” sponsored by US Department of Education. Now school districts and staff are so busy with CYA paperwork, and parents of Autistic kids so careful with what they say and what they sign, there is now a barrier of communication between the two, which does not do much to help the Autistic kids. The adversarial issues are not helping the situation much, although there are two sides to the story with rational and plausible deniability for all.

As the school districts are forced to comply with the burdensome laws and provide “appropriate education for all” there is enough ambiguity in the word appropriate to tie up the education of any child in the modern court system and provide countless billable hours for any attorney that specializes in special education causes. But the parents of Autistic Children have rights like any other parent and they do not want their child thrown under the bus, can you blame them?

What if it was your child?”

Asks one single mom at a recent local school board meeting, with the support and cheers of all the parents with kids in special education classes; many with kids in regular classes too. More money will have to be allotted in order to satisfy the law and the parents of Autistic kids, a group that can be very vocal when pushed around or backed into a corner.

Still, we also see our schools in crisis, as teacher attrition rates climb, and shortages are occurring. The average attrition rate for new teachers is 50% in the first five years and there are in many places of shortage of special education teachers, who must go through much more intensive studies to get their credentials. Some see all these converging problems as a perfect storm, one that challenges the very backbone of our civilization; the flow of education.

Ref: Ellaine Godtachs Life’s work might further explain and you might wish to look up her video online.

Making Sure No Child is Left Behind – Education Law Degree

Posted on July 3, 2019 in Uncategorized

While I do not have a law degree, working in education has allowed me to cross paths with education lawyers on numerous occasions. I found the issues they deal with on a daily basis to be both noble and challenging.

What is Education Law?

Education law deals with schools, school systems and school boards charged with educating children. It is a branch of civil law that encompasses the laws and regulations that govern federal and state education, administration and operation of educational institutions, school athletics and education programs, methods and materials.

What do Education Lawyers do?

Education lawyers work very closely with school faculty, staff, students and administration. They spend their time going over issues such as discipline, suspension, expulsion and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex and disability. Additionally, education lawyer’s deal with questions related to school attendance, authority, civil rights, dress codes, drugs, disability, home schooling, immigrant visas, medical requirements, sexual harassment, and special education rights. As you can see, the span of topics coming across the desk of an education lawyer is impressive.

Careers in Education Law

Given that the span of topic covered by this area of the law is quite broad, so are the career opportunities. With an education law degree you could represent post-secondary educational institutions and institutions of higher learning in a number of different matters. Your clients could include a number of colleges, universities as well as school districts.

While representing these education institutions you would work on issues involving discrimination, disability, financial aid, and accreditation and licensing issues facing schools, staff and teachers/professors. Additionally, you could represent individuals, parents or students as well as teachers, professor and school employees on similar issues.

Job Outlook

Education law, and the lawyers that practice it, will continue to be a part of the education system. They are a necessity tasked with ensuring that every student has a fair and equal access to education.

According to the Department of Labor Statistics, employment of lawyers is expected to grow 11% during 2006-2016, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The increased demands for legal services will result in increased job opportunities. However, due to a large number of students graduating from law school, competition for jobs is quite intense. Those with strong academic records will have the best job opportunities.

Want The Legal Job Of Your Choice? Make The Right Start

Posted on June 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

The legal job market, as labor data reveals, continues on its downward passage. The ever increasing number of law school grads further confounds the problem, making the jobs available to job-applicants ratio rather lopsided.

It is logical to assume that getting a decent law job is not going to be easy and the only grads who can be reasonably assured of a smooth passage are those who have relatives with established law firms, or those with enough money to start their own private practices.

How can then, lawyers go about their job search, to ensure that their legal education provides them with the job they deserve?

For new graduates, If you are starting to look for a job after graduating then you are already late. You should start looking for appropriate employment avenues when you are on the verge of graduating – the field is less crowded at that time and you can avoid the later rush.

Don’t start looking for your dream job right away. Check out all legal jobs that are currently open and get a decent starting position. It may not be the best and it will certainly not be the one that you have been dreaming about, but it will give you a platform from where you can build. Your first legal job will not be your last and it will teach you many things that your law school did not. Moreover, it will give you the requisite experience which will add a lot of weightage and worth to your resume in future job-hunts.

It is quite likely that you also have a student debt to repay. If we are to go by the national average, it should be anything between eight to ten thousand dollars a month. However, you have a six month grace period, before you start repaying that loan. Finding a job much before the expiry of this grace period, ensures that the loan does not become an insupportable burden.

There are three ways in which you should search for your job: 1) The location; 2) type and 3) salary requirements. There are umpteen job sites that will allow you to search for legal jobs, through these keywords.

Create a resume and post it online on relevant job sites. Study what the resumes of good lawyers look like and simply adhere to the format. Badly written resumes are likely to end up in the waste bin. It is quite possible that the roles could be reversed and instead of you finding the job, a job could find you.

Also put together a list of great references. Good references, from your law school professors, your local senators and others similarly placed, are better than more references – quality will always score over quantity.

Send your resume to as many legal job openings as possible. Even if there is an opening for a job, that you would love to have but feel that you probably don’t merit, still send your resume – you never know who or what they are looking for.

The main aim of a starting job is four fold. Firstly, it helps you put your foot into the door, it gets some desperately needed cash income flowing in; it enables you to gain vital experience and lastly it is better to have some job rather than have none at all.