Attorney Wong wrote this guide for ADDitude magazine, but it applies to parents of students with a wide range of disabilities.
We are pleased to announce that both Attorney Allison Boscarine and Attorney Lillian Wong have been selected to the Super Lawyer New England Rising Star list for their work in School and Education Law.
On December 7, 2017, the United States Department of Education ("U.S. DOE") published a document aiming to help parents and other stakeholders better understand the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, 137 S. Ct. 988.
Most special education disputes are not resolved in a hearing or court decision. Instead, the majority of special education disputes are resolved informally at IEP meetings or through settlement agreements. This outcome avoids the time, cost, and stress of litigation, and is usually the best solution for parents and school systems. Because the ultimate goal of this Wong & Boscarine is to help children obtain a Free Appropriate Public Education, these quiet victories are victories all the same
Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with third party research. No lawyer pays to be selected to the list.
Attorney Wong recently prevailed in a discovery dispute at the Bureau of Special Education Appeals ("BSEA"). The BSEA does not always publish its rulings, so this Order provides some insight into prehearing motion practice at the BSEA. The Ruling, In Re: Flavio & Beverly Public Schools BSEA #18-10763 (Byrne, 2018) can be read here.
On July 9, 2018, the Bureau of Special Education Appeals ("BSEA") ruled that the Andover Public Schools ("Andover") had violated the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ("IDEA") by failing to offer a nine-year-old boy with dyslexia an Individualized Education Plan ("IEP") that provided a Free Appropriate Public Education ("FAPE"). The BSEA ordered Andover to reimburse the family for their costs of unilaterally placing their son at the Landmark School and found that the student continued to require intensive, specialized instruction in a fully-subseparate language-based program.