Law Review Symposium

Date: Friday, March 1, 2013

Time: 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Contact: Lindsey Chopin ·

Location: 526 Pine Street College of Law Building Room 308

Experts gather in New Orleans to discuss special education in a new era of reform

The Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Loyola Law Review present a symposium entitled "Special Education in a New Era of Reform" on Friday, March 1, 2013. The conference begins at 8:30 AM at the College of Law.  Attendance is free and open to the public. 

Over the last twenty years general education has undergone a dramatic transformation.  New era education reforms include outcome based accountability, school vouchers, charter schools, and state takeovers of failing schools.  During the same time period, special education has remained virtually static.  The conference will focus on the impact of the modern education reforms on special education law and practice. 

Experts in special education from across the nation will speak on various panels to analyze reform efforts and discuss their impact on special education.  Issues that will be discussed include: school vouchers' impact on special education students, the availability and quality of special education in charter schools, identifying students with special needs, and achieving special education reform through class action lawsuits.

Panelists include Paul Grossman, Chief Regional Civil Rights Attorney for the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Marcia Arceneaux, former IDEA and NCLB Compliance Attorney for the Recovery School District, Professor Ruth Colker from The Ohio State University, Professor Wendy Hensel from Georgia State University, Professor Mark Weber from Depaul University, John Borkowski of Hogan Lovells, and Eden Heilman from the Southern Poverty Law Center. 

For more information, contact Lindsey Chopin at  Pending approval, attorneys will be able to earn up to 5 hours of Louisiana CLE credit for a price of $25 per hour.


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