Friday, May 29, 2015

Special education procedures update

The special education committee of the Illinois Council of School Attorneys (ICSA) updated its publication titled Special Education Procedures Assuring the Implementation of Comprehensive Programming for Children with Disabilities this month.

You can find the updated procedures at Also at this link, you will find sample policies and procedures. They are meant to give you a starting place when developing your district’s special education materials.

The committee changed the procedures because of  new IDEA regulations, ISBE requirements and State legislation. More detailed information may be found at

A special thank you to the following lawyers who volunteered their time to this project:

Amy K. Dickerson, Franczek Radelet P.C.; Teri E. Engler, Engler, Baasten & Sraga LLC; Mary Kay Klimesh, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Merry C. Rhoades, Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt, P.C.; Bennett Rodick, Hodges, Loizzi, Eisenhammer, Rodick & Kohn; Melinda L. Selbee, Illinois Association of School Boards; Laura M. Sinars, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd.; Kimberly A. Small, Illinois Association of School Boards; Kathryn Vander Broek, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP; Patricia J. Whitten, Franczek Radelet P.C.; Brandon K. Wright, Miller, Tracy, Braun, Funk & Miller, Ltd.