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ED 522 Legal Aspects of Special Education
Pate, Victoria J.


COURSE SYMBOL AND NUMBER: ED522
COURSE TITLE: Legal Aspects of Special Education
COURSE DESCRIPTOR: N/A
TERM COURSE BEING TAUGHT: Spring I, 2005
NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER: Victoria J. Pate, J.D.
TITLE OF FACULTY MEMBER: Adjunct Professor
FACULTY OFFICE LOCATION:
FACULTY OFFICE HOURS:
FACULTY OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: (816) 781-7987
FACULTY PARK EMAIL ADDRESS: victoria.pate@park.edu
OTHER FACULTY EMAIL ADDRESS: vjpjd53@aol.com
FACULTY WEB PAGE ADDRESS: http://captain.park.edu/education
DATES OF THE TERM: January 10, 2005 – March 6, 2005
CLASS SESSIONS DAYS: Saturdays
CLASS SESSION TIME: 8:30 – 1:00
PREREQUISITE(S): N/A
CREDIT HOURS: 3 credit hours

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

VISION STATEMENT
Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Review and analysis of federal statutory laws (including the 2004 legislative changes to the IDEA), federal and state regulations and case law pertaining to the education of children with disabilities. Focus is on the legal rights of special needs children and their parents in the areas of eligibility, educational programming and discipline. Emphasis is on the early recognition and collaborative resolution of legal issues that may arise in the course of providing an appropriate public education under the provisions of IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. This is a required course for students enrolled in the Master in Educational Administration and Master in Special Education programs.

FACULTY’S EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:
To provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunity for the student in which the student will develop an ethical, legal and objective approach to educating children with disabilities.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

- distinguish the application of Federal statutes governing public education of the disabled with emphasis on the IDEA (ISLLC Standards 3, 6) (Mo.Step Standard 1.2.3)
- demonstrate fluency with the terminology and concepts of the Section 504 and the IDEA (ISLLC Standards 3, 5) (Mo.Step Standards 1.2.3, 1.2.7)
- identify mandated procedures under the IDEA regarding testing, evaluation, IEP preparation, placement and discipline as defined by statute and case law (ISLLC Standards 5, 6) (Mo.Step Standards 1.2.8, 1.2.5)


COURSE TEXTBOOK(S): The Answer Book on Special Education, 3rd Ed., S. Gorn, LRP Publications, 1999.

ACADEMIC HONESTY: Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. Since participation is an integral part of this course, missing any class will result in zero participation points for that day regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.


LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Five (5) points will be deducted from worksheets submitted after the due date. If you know you will be absent you may submit your worksheet by email. However, your work must be received on the due date in order to escape point deduction.


COURSE ASSESSMENT: No mid-term or final exams. Final grades will be based on class participation in discussion and group projects and on daily worksheets. Group projects are designed to reinforce the lecture material. Worksheets are designed to assess the student’s understanding of and ability to apply the weekly reading assignments, case readings and lecture material to specific issues concerning the week’s main topics. You will benefit from reading the text and case assignments prior to each class session.


CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or whose behavior interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences.

DISABILITY GUIDELINES: Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University’s policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University’s policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: www.park.edu/disability

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
Week Date Topics/Assignments
1 Jan. 15 Overview - Chapter 1
2 Jan. 22 Procedural Safeguards; the Zero-Reject Principle - Chapter 7
3 Jan. 29 Due Process Hearings; Stay Put - Chapter 8
4 Feb. 5 Private Schooling; Persons in a Parental Role; Testing and Evaluation Standards - Chapters 2 and 10
5 Feb. 12 An “Appropriate” Education; ESY; LRE - Chapters 3 and 5
6 Feb. 19 Related Services; Assistive Technology; Extra Curricular Activities - Chapter 6
7 Feb. 26 Discipline; Transition Services - Chapter 11
8 March 5 Compensatory Education; Tuition Reimbursement; IEP Content Requirements - Chapters 12, 13 and 4

GRADING PLAN:
Participation = 40 pts. (5 pts. @ day)
Worksheets = 80 pts. (10 pts. @ day)
Total possible points = 120

90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
below 60% = F