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Not So Fast: When and How to Hold a Manifestation Determination

Wednesday, March 22 3:45 pm–5:00 pm
Sacramento Convention Center - 305

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Learn when a manifestation determination is required, what factors to consider in analyzing the relationship between misconduct and a student’s disability and what steps to take if a relationship is found.

Full Description:
When a student with special needs (or a student about whose disability the school has knowledge) is recommended for expulsion or suspension totaling 10 days or more, a manifestation determination must be held. Attendees will learn how a “basis of knowledge” is established, how the IEP team determines whether the student misconduct is caused by or has a direct and substantial relationship to a disability, and what steps to take if a relationship is found.

Topic: Special Education Summit
Additional Audience(s): Teachers/Administrators, Parents, Charter School Leaders
Level: All
Grade Level: Multiple Grade Levels

Presented by

Gayle Nadler Gayle Nadler, Multicultural Learning Center

Gayle Nadler has over 25 years experience in school and non-profit management, communications, fundraising and school partnerships. She is the co-founder of the Multicultural Learning Center, a K-8 Spanish/English Dual Immersion Public Charter School celebrating 15 years of success. She served as the Program Director prior to becoming the Executive Director in 2012. Gayle has played a key role in acquiring funding and establishing partnerships in support of MLC's educational programs, recruiting and engaging families and communicating MLC's vision and accomplishments in addition to developing a cohesive bilingual staff and learning community.

Hollis Peterson Hollis Peterson, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLC

Prior to attending law school, Hollis enjoyed careers as a teacher and school counselor in multiple districts across the country. With over a decade of experience as an educator, Hollis is uniquely qualified to represent charter school clients in special education, test administration and personnel matters. Hollis also represents management in connection with National Labor Relations Board unfair labor practice and grievance proceedings, collective bargaining and labor-management relations.

Kara Siegel Kara Siegel, Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP

Kara Siegel represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, trade secrets matters, and class actions. Ms. Siegel also advises clients regarding their employment practices and legal obligations and drafts employee policies to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

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