Monday, October 24, 2016
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Saturday, October 15, 2016
I fly around the country a good bit for work. Just enough to have plenty of Transportation Security Administration stories, and enough miles on a number of airlines to not quite qualify for free travel.
The first step in modern air travel is going through security. This is not a skill that I have mastered. Many of my fellow travelers seem to be quite comfortable removing shoes, and cellphones, and in placing the laptop n a separate bin. This is followed by being x-rayed in a giant tube and then looked over by TSA personnel. (Why do they always think that I have metal in my forearms? Am I related to Wolverine? Do they just need an excuse to pat me down?). Then after the security screening, you have to put yourself back together. Don't get me wrong, I see why security is necessary; I'm just not good at getting through the line quickly.
So a few weeks ago, I'm deftly going through security and the TSA person asks if this is my suitcase. I say yes. She says may I inspect it, and I say yes. Then she asks the million dollar question: do you have anything sharp in the suitcase? I think for a minute and say I have a safety razor, but that's all I can come up with. She opens it up and goes to my travel kit, which includes a little box with nail clippers and related items. Inside is a small device with three "blades:" a nail file, a bottle opener and a small cuticle knife with a blade of about maybe half an inch. She confiscated it, and disposed of it. I asked if it could at least be donated to charity, but apparently there is some federal regulation that prohibits arming the poor!
The amazing thing about this incident is that I have been travelling with this kit for over twenty years. I have been on hundreds of flights armed with a "knife." The other bummer is that this kit was a gift; it has sentimental value. Another causality in the war against ... But if my suitcase has been truly unsafe for over twenty years, why did it take TSA so long to find me out? Flying safely through the air????? Yikes.
Friday, October 14, 2016
This is the fifth installment in a multi-part series on procedural safeguards under the federal special education law, the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act. I work a lot in this area, so it is near and dear to my heart. Despite the importance of procedural safeguards. however, many issues in this area are misunderstood. I hope that all of the different types of special education stakeholders who read this blog find the information in this series helpful. Be sure to tell me what you think about the series.
Prior Written Notice
A school district must provide prior written notice to the parents whenever it proposes to, or refuses to, initiate or change the: identification, evaluation, placement, or FAPE. IDEASection 615(b)(3). See 34 CFR Section 300.503(a). The notice must contain the following: a description of the action; an explanation of why the district proposes or refuses the action; a description of each evaluation procedure, assessment, record or report relied upon; a statement that the parents have protections under the procedural safeguards; sources for the parents to contact to obtain assistance; a description of other options considered and why they were rejected; and a description of the factors that are relevant to the district’s proposal or refusal. IDEA Section 615(c)(1). See 34 CFR Section 300.503(b).
“Prior” written notice is an unfortunate choice of words. This does not mean that the notice must be given before the decision is made. Indeed, OSEP has pointed out that the notice must be given a reasonable amount of time before the school district implements the proposal, or refusal, described in the notice. The proposal triggers an obligation to convene an IEP team meeting, but providing prior written notice before the meeting could suggest that the district’s action was made without parent input and participation. 71 Fed. Register No. 156 at page 46690 (August 14, 2006).
OSEP has published a model form for prior written notice consistent with current statutory and regulatory requirements. The model form is available on their website