Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Seattle is Still Fantastic
Image by gem66 via Flickr
Last week was the Seattle Academy stop on the Jim Gerl 2011 Special Education Law Tour. As usual, I had a good time. It is always great to see other special ed ALJs and HOs, as well as due process coordinators. I renewed many old acquaintances and I made a lot of new friends.
The best part was that two readers of the blog who are quite famous in Special Ed circles, let me know that they would be there, and I was able to have a nice dinner with them. I'm always interested in meeting the many readers of this blog. It was fun.
As usual, my fellow Pennsylvania hearing officers took good care of me. The Academy had many good substantive sessions as well as some less attractive exercises where we tried to agree upon changes to IDEA. What is the old saying never ask a room full of lawyers to say a few words... Arguments ensued... feelings were hurt... A few agreements were reached.... Fur covered all walls. But seriously, it was an interesting discussion.
The seafood was very good, and you cannot find better coffee than the Seattle variations. Many of the my fellow special ed law junkies were presenting. Another successful stop on the tour!
The other stops are listed on the lefthand side of the blog. If you are going to be nearby, please look me up.