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My Child Is Struggling In School. What Can I Do?

Acting out? Disciplinary issues? Being bullied? Struggling with or avoiding reading, writing or math? Problems with understanding, starting or completing homework assignments? Fallen behind grade level? Failing classes? If you answer YES to any of these questions, your child may not be getting a Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”).

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Special Needs Trusts: Providing Future Support for Your Loved Ones with Special Needs

Special Needs Trusts: Providing Future Support for Your Loved Ones with Special Needs The first few months (or even years) after receiving a diagnosis of a physical and/or mental disability can be overwhelming and filled with many unexpected questions and challenges.  Your instincts are to provide whatever immediate needs your loved one requires at that…

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June 28, 2017, at 4 p.m.: My Child Is Struggling In School

Event: Is Your Child Struggling In School? The Bergman team advocates for the rights of parents and students to get a Free Appropriate Public Education (“FAPE”). If you answer YES to any of the following questions, your child may not be getting a FAPE: • Acting out or getting in trouble in school? Bombarded with…

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A Guide to Family Educational and Privacy Rights (FERPA)

A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Educational Records Did you know that a federal privacy law exists that gives certain protection regarding your child’s educational records?  The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives the parent the right to review their child’s records and request changes until the child turns 18 years old.  FERPA also…

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Bullying in Schools

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Many students can become the perpetrator or target of teasing or hurtful behavior at some point during their school years. The conduct becomes a concern when hurtful or aggressive behavior toward an individual or a group appears to be unprovoked, intentional, and repetitive. Bullying is defined as hostile…

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Victory For Borrowers! – CA Supreme Court Allows Chain of Title Challenges (Yvanova)

On February 18, 2016, the California Supreme Court issued a decision on a hotly contested issue between mortgage loan borrowers and foreclosing banks.   In Yvanova v. New Century, the California Supreme Court overturned a trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s case finding Yvanova had “standing” to challenge the foreclosure of her home when she claimed…

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The IRS is easing up on ABLE Act Rules

The Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act) allows a person with a disability and that person’s family to put money into a special tax-advantaged account that would not destroy eligibility in government benefit programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Medicaid. The ABLE Act won final congressional approval and was…

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Dyslexia is Redefined in Order to Improve Services to Children

California passed Assembly Bill No. 1369 on October 8th which requires the Superintendent to develop program guidelines for dyslexia.  The guidelines are to be used to assist regular education teachers, special education teachers, and parents to identify and assess students who may have this learning disability.  In addition, the guidelines are to plan, provide, evaluate,…

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