The Five Legal Pitfalls District Leaders Must Avoid This Year - PresenceLearning

Clay Whitehead

Co-Founder, PresenceLearning

What do the coming transition to Common Core Standards, the spread of bullying and harassment, reauthorization of IDEA, implementation of RTI, and the explosive growth in autism have in common? Any of these five top issues could become legal pitfalls for your school district this year. Special education directors can steer clear of legal entanglements by understanding legislative provisions and by knowing how to avoid common mistakes. Watch, listen, and/or read to get valuable legal advice from one of America’s top special education attorneys, with perspective from a district special education administrator.


Charles L. Weatherly, Sr. is a founding partner of Atlanta-based Weatherly Law Firm, representing school districts nationwide since 1978. He is an expert in all facets of special education and anti-discrimination laws.


Lynda Donahue, EdD, is former director of special education for Vacaville, CA USD, and an adjunct professor at Touro University in Vallejo, CA. Her 37-year career in education includes working as a school-based SLP.

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