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ERIC Number: EJ991766
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 17
ISSN: ISSN-0164-775X
Mistaken Evaluation: The School Psychologist or the Case Law?
Zirkel, Perry A.
Communique, v41 n1 p1, 16-17 Sep 2012
Given their pivotal position, school psychologists have understandable concerns about the possibility of becoming the target of the relatively frequent legal proceedings under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Indeed, the threat of litigation can contribute to a flight from the profession (Lange, 2011). Yet, an informal search of court decisions reveals that the school psychologist is not a distinguishable part, much less the identified target, of most cases. Thus, school psychologists have little to fear in terms of a central role in a due process proceeding. For a possible exception, the author presents a case, which he summarizes in chronological order. As a starting point, the author shares his initial observations and conclusions that focus on the role of the school psychologist and the corresponding role of case law.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act; Rehabilitation Act 1973 (Section 504)