IDEA- A Legal Look

One special education attorney will provide an overview of the laws applicable to students with disabilities, and present strategies for parents navigating the world of special education.  Learn about evaluations, IEPs and 504s, what schools can and cannot do, and what your rights are as a parent of a child with a disability.  Finally, learn how to resolve disputes with schools and how to be your child’s best advocate.

Bio: Hope Kirsch, M.A. (Ed.), Esq.

Hope Kirsch is a partner with the education law firm of Kirsch-Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, in Scottsdale, Arizona, founded in 2006.  She is a licensed special education teacher and 30 year attorney.  She practices special education law with her sister, Lori Kirsch-Goodwin, at Kirsch-
Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC, representing K-12 and higher education students throughout Arizona in school-related matters including advocacy, Due Process, 504s, OCR, discipline and bullying.  Hope was a special education teacher and coordinator in the New York City public schools for 18 years where she worked with the most challenging populations and supervised and trained teachers in teaching strategies, curriculum development, writing IEPs and behavior management.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in special education from Boston University, a Master’s degree in special education from NYU, 30+ post-graduate credits in educational supervision and administration, and her law degree from Brooklyn Law School.   She is admitted to the state and federal district courts in New York, New Jersey, Arizona and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  She is AV® Preeminent rated, and serves as a Judge Pro Tem for the Superior Court of Arizona.

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