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Special Education Law

RMKB lawyers represent students with disabilities in disputes with local school districts regarding appropriate classroom placement and their right to support services.  Our experienced attorneys help guide students and parents through the confusion created by the complex terminology and documentation commonly used by school districts. We help our clients reach informal resolution of disputes so that students receive access to the free and appropriate public education (“FAPE”) required by federal law.  
 
For those students who experience persistent denial of appropriate classroom placement and/or services by a  school district, our attorneys have been highly successful in Formal Due Process proceedings before the California Office of Administrative Hearings (“OAH”), and if necessary they stand ready to pursue appeals before the United States District Court and the United States Court of Appeals.  RMKB's lawyers also aggressively assert the student’s “stay put” rights, which prohibit school districts from making any changes to a student’s classroom placement or services until the dispute has been fully resolved by the OAH, or by the federal courts on appeal.  Under applicable federal law, school districts are often required to pay reasonable attorney's fees when students prevail on appeal.  Hiring experienced legal counsel can be instrumental in obtaining such relief.